Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saloon in Telluride

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

Construction near Capital

Shot this from the front of the library January, 2011, looking back toward the dome.

Mesa Verde National Park

Tourists at Mesa Verde National Park. Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, Lee Russell, photographer. August, 1939.

Hardware store in Monte Vista

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

Grand Valley Resettlement Project

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.

Gillett Store

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.

Pipe Organ in Colorado Springs Church

Pipe Organ in First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs.
__ Denver Public Library, Western History Collection

Gates Rubber about 1925

"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, [1940]. From Doing History: Keeping the Past. University of Northern Colorado.

Citizen's Bank of Victor

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.

Bank in Telluride

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