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Crystal Palace Not Always So Palatial

Crystal Palace Not Always So Palatial Yore Aspen The Crystal Palace in 1962, with the Owl Cigars advertisement on the side. Aspen Laundry was in the one-story white building to the left. (Frank Willoughby/Willoughby collection)Click to Enlarge Tim WilloughbySeptember 22, 2007Imagine dump trucks inside the Crystal Palace, staying warm so they could start on cold […]

First Grade Fears in 1914

First Grade Fears in 1914 Yore Aspen Washington School in Aspen’s West End. (Willoughby collection)Click to Enlarge Tim WilloughbySeptember 29, 2007Starting school is a tough transition for children. The prevalence of preschool has eased the transition between home and school, but the first few weeks are still a challenge for 5- and 6-year-olds. Kindergarten teachers […]

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 […]