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Made In Aspen

Made In Aspen The Durant Mine fabrication shop could make almost anything. (Willoughby photo collection)Click to Enlarge Tim WilloughbyOctober 6, 2007Fifty years ago you would often encounter abandoned mining and milling equipment around Aspen’s periphery. Many items had manufacturer’s names and “New York, N.Y.” stamped into the thick cast iron with dates from pre-railroad times. […]

Jeep Brakes and the Wonderful Willys

Jeep Brakes and the Wonderful Willys Yore Aspen Jeanne Willoughby Englert sitting atop a 1950s Willys in front of what later became La Cocina restaurant on East Hopkins Avenue. (Doris Willoughby/Willoughby photo collection)Click to Enlarge Tim WilloughbyOctober 13, 2007Recently a caller to National Public Radio’s “Car Talk” asked if something could be done about his […]

Clearing the grizzly – mining’s most dangerous job

Clearing the grizzly – mining’s most dangerous job Click to Enlarge Tim WilloughbyOctober 20, 2007Blasting required careful handling of explosives. Drilling was a silent killer from rock dust cutting up your lungs. But the really dangerous job was tending to the “grizzly” – and that didn’t mean chasing bears away. Mining is the business of […]

Spring Ahead – Fall Back?

Spring Ahead – Fall Back? Yore Aspen Changing the time was a bit of work on this clock gracing the lobby of the Hotel Jerome. (T. Willoughby)Click to Enlarge Tim WilloughbyOctober 27, 2007The phrase for remembering what to do with your clocks makes it easy to handle daylight saving time (DST). It wasn’t always so […]

Jeep Tales and Tips

Many additional comments could be added to Tim Willoughby’s Jeep article (“Jeep Brakes and the Wonderful Willys,” Yore Aspen, Oct. 13). For nearly 40 years, I have had a ’63 Jeep in Aspen. Bought secondhand, it has about every accessory possible. The original owner added a Dodge brake booster that works fine. Brakes are not […]