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This Week in History: Mayor Alber Proclaims Week of Patriotism

February 17, 2018 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago. Mayor Alber Proclaims Week of Patriotism The period from Lincoln's birthday to Washington's birthday, inclusive has been proclaimed a Patriotic Season by Major Alber in obedience to the instructions from the

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Listen: Tales of backcountry rescues from a Summit County Rescue Group coordinator

February 16, 2018 — For 45 years, volunteers of Summit County’s mountain rescue team have been responding to backcountry calls for help. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, as part of the Frisco Historic Park and Museum’s winter lecture series, Summit County Rescue Group coordinator Glen Kraatz recounted both funny and harrowing tales of

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Podcast: Frisco Winter Lecture Series begins with ‘The story of the Breckenridge Ski Area and its runs’

February 8, 2018 — Local historian Rick Hague with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance kicked off the Frisco Historic Park and Museum 2018 Winter Lecture Series on Wednesday, Feb. 7, with “Ski Through History — The Story of the Breckenridge Ski Area and its Runs.” Breckenridge is a rare ski area

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This Week in History: Powder River dredge shut down

January 27, 2018 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago. The new gold dredging boat of the Powder River Gold Dredging company which was recently completed is awaiting the arrival of a couple of transformers from Chicago and when the transformers

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Summit Daily podcast: Author Jane Parnell talks about ‘Off Trail,’ her new memoir of mountaineering and trauma

January 26, 2018 — Author Jane Parnell will talk about her new memoir from 3 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 3 at the South Branch Library located at 103 S. Harris St. in Breckenridge. Summit Daily editor Ben Trollinger recently sat down with Parnell to discuss "Off Trail: Finding

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A short history of Summit County skiing

January 13, 2018 — The most recent history of Summit County is all about the era of "white gold." While the beginnings of modern skiing appeared in the earliest days of the county, even during the Pikes Peak gold rush in the very early 1860s, skiing in the "old

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This Week In History: Weather threatens railroad travel

December 16, 2017 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago. Railroad Blockade Only Threatened The first "worst storm of the season" visited this section of the country during the early part of the week. Some of the old timers were heard

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This Week In History: A near wreck of big cattle train on South Park branch

November 25, 2017 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago. The caboose jumped the track near Peabody switch but no damage resulted other than a shaking up of the occupants and delaying the train. The longest train of cattle ever pulled

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This Week in History: Whatley and Party Make Auto Trip to Climax

September 30, 2017 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago. Without quoting the language they used in describing the road over which they drove, it must be chronicled that attorney Whatley, mining engineer J.W. Steele and surveyors T.R. Griffith and J.D.

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This week in Summit County history: Master Bobby Theobald entertains young friends

July 29, 2017 — Master Robert Arthur Theobald made his initial bow to society last Wednesday when he entertained a number of little friends at a lawn fete and a gracious little host he proved. From the fact that Jupiter Pluvias had been paying a daily visit in the

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This Week in Summit County History: Denver men here to inspect mining enterprise

July 2, 2017 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago in the June 30 edition. M.M. Howe had as his guests over last Sunday two late additions to the ranks of mining investors in this district — H.W. Hildebrand. Jr. and

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This week in Summit County history: Snow delays work in Montezuma District

June 23, 2017 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago in the June 23 edition. E.C. Sutton, superintendent of the St. John mine at Montezuma, went to Denver Monday, where he has spent most of the week selecting additional machinery for

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Book review: A new leaf for an old dog in Tom Ryan’s ‘Will’s Red Coat’

June 17, 2017 — Throughout history there have been inspirational wordsmiths, individuals whose eloquence and poignancy of message inspire and take hold. When these talents present themselves within someone who also permeates a tremendous amount of decency and grace, the results can enchant and transport even the most cynical

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Trailblazing Colorado abortion law marks 50th anniversary

April 25, 2017 — DENVER (AP) — Tuesday marks 50 years since a groundbreaking Colorado law significantly loosened tight restrictions on legal abortions. Before the law, Colorado — like many states — allowed abortions only if a woman’s life was at stake. In 1967, a Democratic freshman state lawmaker

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This week in history: Active mining season at Montezuma

April 1, 2017 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of April 1-7. Mr. Young of Cripple Creek, an associate of John Sharpe in the Hancock group of mines on Glacier Mountain has arrived and has been engaged in

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This week in history: Snow slide kills Montezuma Miner

March 4, 2017 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of March 6 through March 12. August Ostburg, aged 45, died early Tuesday morning at the Snow Baskin mine, at the foot of Argentine pass, five miles above Montezuma,

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This week in history: Snow slide kills Montezuma Miner

March 4, 2017 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of March 6 through March 12. August Ostburg, aged 45, died early Tuesday morning at the Snow Baskin mine, at the foot of Argentine pass, five miles above Montezuma,

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This week in history: Snow slide kills Montezuma Miner

March 4, 2017 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of March 6 through March 12. August Ostburg, aged 45, died early Tuesday morning at the Snow Baskin mine, at the foot of Argentine pass, five miles above Montezuma,

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This week in history: Summit County man hero in El Paso fire

February 25, 2017 — Sgt. James Logsdon, whose home is in Dillon and who is the son of Mrs. Geisel, postmaster at that place, last Monday distinguished himself when he rescued Audra Alden, an actress, from the Angelus Hotel at El Paso, Texas, as the structure was burning. Several

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This week in history: Summit County man hero in El Paso fire

February 25, 2017 — This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Feb. 26 through March 5. Sgt. James Logsdon, whose home is in Dillon and who is the son of Mrs. Geisel, postmaster at that place, last Monday distinguished

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