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Built for William N. Byers in 1883, the stately Italianate-style home reflected its owner’s standing in the community. Byers printed Denver’s first newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, on April 23, 1859. As editor, Byers used his paper pulpit to promote Denver and the surrounding region.
Byers became close friends with John Evans, Colorado’s second territorial governor. These men - along with their wives Elizabeth Byers and Margaret Evans - played pivotal roles in Denver’s early growth by helping to establish religious, educational, legal, and social institutions.
William G. Evans, the oldest son of former governor John Evans, bought the home in 1889. William and his wife Cornelia moved in with their two young children, John and Josephine. During the next five years, daughters Margaret and Katharine were born. An important business and civic leader in his own right, William headed the Denver Tramway Company and helped develop the Moffat Tunnel. Piercing the Continental Divide, the 6.2 mile tunnel culminated efforts to link Denver to Colorado’s western slope and solidified the city’s place as the region’s commercial hub.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Ophir Loop, Photo taken between 1900 and 1930
The Rio Grande Southern Railroad traveled along this stunning section of track known as the Ophir Loop. It was a series of turns and trestles that allowed the train to make its way up this steep section.
From the Walker Art Studio (Montrose, Colo.) Photographer, Byers Photo
Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College
Saturday, March 12, 2011
The men on the right are leaning against the bar. Musicians are seated in the rear. On the left, men are seated at a gambling table. The electric lights hanging from the ceiling indicate that the photo was taken after 1891 when power arrived in Telluride.
Denver Public Library, Western History Collection,
From Doing History:Keeping the Past, University of Northern Colorado
Interior of the Rio Grande Hardware Store in Monte Vista displaying scissors and knives, axes, files, saws, metal pots, and toy wagons. taken in 1928. __ Denver Public Library, Western History Collection
In the 1930's Fruita also participated in several government projects including the Grand Valley Resettlement Project (later Western Slope Farms). Settled in groups of two or three families per area, thirty-four families were relocated by 1937. Photo by Authur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information.
This is the interior of Woodruff’s general store in the town of Gillett, Colorado (no longer a town there, near Cripple Creek). The photo shows brooms standing in a wooden box, canned food on the shelves, and boxes of cigars in a glass display case. The white bags stacked in the back of the store may contain flour. From Doing History:Keeping the Past, University of Northern Colorado, Hewit Institute.
"The founding of the company in Colorado was an accident. The two Gates brothers came here after graduating form the University of Michigan as mining engineers to engage in mining. When this business did not pan out, they invested their capital of $1500 in leather halters and gradually branched out into the rubber business. They formed a closed corporation and have developed a business, which in 1940 sold 16 million dollars worth of goods. Their payroll of $4,3000,000 was distributed among 3,200 employees….
"Five thousand different articles are made by the company. About 30 per cent of the business is devoted to the manufacture of tires and tubes-70 per cent of the products being other types of rubber goods."
Source: “Gates Rubber Company,” in “Industry and Commerce, Sketches of Denver,” Writers’ Program, Colorado, Colorado Historical Society Library, . From Doing History: Keeping the Past. University of Northern Colorado.
Citizens Bank, Victor, CO.
"As I sold newspapers on the street, I was often in Johnny Nolan's saloon, where I sometimes sold all my papers. It was not an uncommon sight to see ten- and twenty-dollar gold pieces piled high in the center of the round, green cloth-covered tables. Of course, there were many stacks of silver dollars. Hard money was always used when the games of chance were in vogue." __ William W. Wardell, from an article titled "Cripple Creek Memories," in "Colorado Magazine," 1960. Photo from Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, From "Doing History: Keeping the Past." project. University of Northern Colorado.
This photo may have been an advertisement to show customers how safe it was to leave their money in the Bank of Telluride. Stacks of silver dollars are lined up on the counter on the right. Next to the rolls of coins are two pistols. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, many people lost faith in banks because so many failed or closed.
__ Denver Public Library , Western History Collection