This week in history Aug. 26, 1922: Labor Day is nearly here, two celestial shows brighten up the sky and new mining activity in Montezuma |

This week in history Aug. 26, 1922: Labor Day is nearly here, two celestial shows brighten up the sky and new mining activity in Montezuma

In an effort to cut down on the toll of fatal accidents throughout the Seattle and King county, Dr. W.H. Corson, King County coroner, has started the practice of erecting signs at places where fatalities have occurred, stating in detail the particular accident. Herewith is shown one of the signs erested at a dangerous street corner.
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This week in history as reported by The Summit County Journal the week of Aug. 19, 1922.

Horse racing, baseball, football and novelty races to be among leading events that will attract people to Breckenridge

From all accounts, the Labor Day celebration to be given by the Breckenridge Fire Department will be a grand success. Nothing is better left undone by the committee to make this one of the greatest events in the history of Breckenridge. Advertising of the great event will be out early in the week, as well as the program of sporting events. Suffice it so to say that the program will consist of horse racing, field sports of all kinds, and a grand baseball tournament of five or six teams.

No plans have yet been definitive enough to announce the time but all will be completed early in the week. Enough support is assured to give a grand celebration, and baseball teams have already signified their intention of coming. The prizes for the baseball tournament will be about $400.

Prizes for other sporting events will be announced later. Several entries have signified their intention of entering a horse race, and this event promises to one of great interest. There are several fast horses in town at the present time, and many others from the park and the lower Blue will come to take part.

The main events will be on Monday, Sept. 4, but for three days everything will be done to assure those coming to Breckenridge a good time.

Montezuma shows new mining activity

Previous to the silver panic, the Peruvian and Snake river mining districts on the southeast slope of Gray’s Peak in Summit County sent out from their Keystone station two freight trains loaded with ore almost every day. After the silver panic, the camps were practically deserted. Chihuahua and Decatur, two of the principal centers, were entirely deserted and wiped off the map by fires and snow-slides.

This spring, some old-time miners have returned and opened up several of the early-day producers and have already commenced large shipments of high-grade ore. A Colorado Springs company secured their Congress mine and have driven the tunnel 500 feet on the vein and opened up a body of ore 15 feet wide.

Two celestial shows

Breckenridge was provided a two-ringed celestial exhibition last night for the edification and delight of mere mortals that may not be duplicated another generation. The first exhibition opened in the east and consisted of two or three broad bands of light spreading fan-like over the eastern heavens. This remarkable phenomenon is known as zodiacal light and astronomers offer no explanation of its mysterious appearance.

The second celestial show of the evening was much more definitive, for there suspended over Peak 8 was the crescent moon, while twinkling below the lower cusp, the planet Venus sparkled. Almost touching the upper cusp, old Jupiter blazed with a whiter light, but about 8 p.m., the rolling disc of the moon obscured the planet, and there occurred what the astronomers call an occulation. Venus, however, refused to be occulated behind the curtain of the moon but remained mostly visible until the entire party disappeared behind the mountains. The third planet in the heavens was Mars, glaring with a red and angry eye far up in the zenith at the little flirtation of Jupiter and Venus around the curtains of the moon.

Local news notes from all around Summit County

  • R.M. Henderson of the Wellington company at Breckenridge was in Red Cliff Saturday on business.
  • P.I. Hon. of the Finding Hardware company spent the first few days of the past week visiting with friends in and near Denver.
  • The Dismant Brothers are making good progress with their Diamond drill on the Wellington mine claims.
  • Miss Genevieve Theobald left for her home in Marinette, Wisconsin after spending the past two months visiting at the home of her brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Theobald.
  • J.A. Theobald, wife and sons, D.V. Jobe, wife and sons motored over from Breckenridge Saturday. Mr. Jobe purchased a new car from the Fairplay M.&J. Co.
  • Mrs. Lillian Arbogast is spending a few days renewing old acquaintances in Breckenridge. Mrs. Arbogast was a former resident of Summit County but during the past few years is matron of the Denver Detention Home.
  • The engineers of the Denver Water Commission, who have made their camp at Breckenridge for the past few weeks, are moving over to the Tenmile Creek today. From there they will go to the Snake where they will complete the surveys for the project.

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