100 years ago: “Jack Walsh, acting supervisor of bridges while ‘Erbert Taylor is ‘ome, was an arrival last night. We understand Jack is now wearing a plug hat. This is also handy to catch rivets in when repairing steel or iron bridges.”
75 years ago: “Stopping in Durango for dinner at the Strater where 38 students of Western State College, Gunnison, who were on a three-day trip, one day of which was spent at Mesa Verde Park.”
50 years ago: “Closed for several years following periods of apparently unsuccessful operation by a number of lessees, a southwest Colorado landmark, the Trimble Springs hotel, was left a skeleton of charred masonry by a fire. Volunteer firemen reported that the flames could be seen after the fire truck got a half-mile north of Durango.”
25 years ago: “Police believe a mountain lion struck and killed by a car was the same animal that made its way to the back yard of an East Third Avenue resident last week. The car hit the mountain lion a mile west of Durango on U.S. Highway 160 in front of the Perins Peak Trailer Park.”
Most items in this column are taken from Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not have been verified.