Entries by mickbird

Aspen in Objects: Load of Bricks

The 500,000 reclaimed historic bricks purchased by the City of Aspen to surface Aspen’s mall were manufactured around 1900 for streets in St. Louis, Missouri. The mall only needed 320,000 bricks. The extra 180,000 were stored to be used for repairs and in case the mall was ever expanded.       In reaction to […]

FAQs: Land Use Application

The Aspen Historical Society has applied with the city of Aspen to subdivide its property at 620 W. Bleeker St. in order to limit development potential on the majority of the newly created parcel. AHS is seeking create Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) from 3,000 of the developable square feet, which would sterilize that area from […]

Aspen in Objects: The First Car Comes to Town

  Ted Cooper brought the first automobile to Aspen. Cooper bought the 1906 Buick Model F in Denver for $1,350. It took three days for Cooper, Tom Flynn and a hired chauffeur to make the trip to Aspen. Cooper telegraphed his father along the drive complaining about the rainy weather and difficult roads. His father […]

Aspen in Objects: Silver Nugget

  This little piece of solid silver came from the largest silver nugget ever mined in the United States. It weighed 1,853 pounds and had to be cut into three pieces to be removed from the Smuggler Mine in 1894. It assayed at 96 percent pure silver. Unfortunately for mine owner, David Hyman, the nugget was mined after […]

Aspen Historical Society Land Use Application

The Aspen Historical Society has applied to the city of Aspen for permission to minimize future development potential on its property at 620 W. Bleeker Street by subdividing the property and creating transferable development rights (TDRs).  This plan would also provide a source of potential future funding for AHS as well as the possibility of […]

James Moran, 1930-2015

James Thomas Moran, 85, of Aspen, Colorado passed away March 28, 2015. He was a dear friend of the Aspen Historical Society’s, most recently serving on the steering committee for the Aspen Historical Society campaign. Jim  was born March 9, 1930 in Madison Wisconsin to Frank and Mary Moran. James served in the army and […]

History Mystery: Dusty Old Trail

Can you name the location of this photo? Show off your skills and send us the right answer and the first correct respondent will receive two passes to any tour of your choice (History Coach, West End Walking Tour, Historic Bike Tour or Hotel Jerome). Send your suggestions to archives@aspenhistory.org. (You can click on the photo to make […]

History Mystery: Cooking Something Up

Can you name the location of this photo? Show off your skills and send us the right answer and the first correct respondent will receive two passes to any tour of your choice (History Coach, West End Walking Tour, Historic Bike Tour or Hotel Jerome). Send your suggestions to archives@aspenhistory.org. (You can click on the photo to make […]