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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - January 1, 1986, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado history from Early Day newspapers vol. 17, no. 1 Colorado territory Price $1.00bonny a Aspen Over the Range aug. 20,1881 a Beautiful for situation is Aspen. No where on the Broad Pacific slope is there a site either among the Mountain s or in All the valleys so Lovely and charming As that of Aspen Over the Range. It. Aspen that stands guard Over the City the red Butte in the West the Range of mountains in the South and the Elk Mountain to the East whose mulches Are streaked with Snow even in mid summer towering in the distance the great Ute Spring in its quiet Beauty pouring Forth its Crystal flood the roaring Fork dashing and foaming on its Rocky Way Hunters Creek plunging along in its precipitous course a constant succession of waterfalls Castle and Maroon creeks below with the wide expanse of Valley in the West Combine features of Beauty rarely seen in conjunction. Romantic scenery is so common in Colorado that ordinarily the precipice or Canyon attract no attention unless marked by some extraordinary and distinctive peculiarity but we doubt if any one of the human family however Dull his faculties however benumbed and weary with travel or greedy and avaricious for gain. Ever entered this Lovely Valley without feeling his spirits exhilarated by the cheerful and animating Prospect and giving a voice to the exclamation a How Beautiful a a Aspen is not simply a stopping place a Way station where the Pilgrim stops for temporary refreshment or repose where a Man Camps until he has made his pile and then Abandons the scene for fresh Fields and pastures new but it has All the essential elements of Home a place eminently fit to erect a Temple for our household goods a Here to worship Here to live and to cherish our friends and when the inevitable doom approaches Here to die and be buried with these everlasting Hills to keep watch and Ward Over our sepulchre. These facts which cannot be denied invest Aspen with advantages not usually possessed by the Western town. It tends to make our population More permanent. Aspen will not possess that evanescent and changeable character which has come to distinguish the Frontier town to Day its Canvas tented streets Busy with All the bustling Trade and dissipation of a Large City and to Morrow silent As the streets of a deserted Village whose citizens have like the wandering arabs struck their tents and stole away. The tendency will be to make permanent improvements to build school houses and churches and found societies whose influence for Good shall increase with their years. The pure air of the mountains our Altitude which places us above Miasma and yet has located us far below Timberline the natural facility we have at Small expense to water our streets from the never failing streams that ceaselessly pour by their floods in such profusion a the ability each citizen has to overshadow his Hearthstone with the Trees of the Forrest or to fill his Garden with vegetables and Flowers Are All advantages the importance of which As yet we have no adequate Conception. Salt Lake City has developed the same and Sontag a to a great extent and Bas made that City a Point for the tourist second almost to none in the Union. Independent of the Rich ores that vein our mountains and which Are to fill All our mulches with shafts and tunnels make every Hilltop resound with the blows of the pick and blasts of mining and fill this whole Region with a Heady and industrious class who shall vex the bowels of the Earth for Silver Aspen has qualities which added to these advantages cannot fail to make her both populous and prosperous. Let us realize the situation and Lay the foundations of her Prosperity Broad and deep that we May enter and enjoy the full fruition of this fair land. A the Aspen a to David r. C. Brown . Cowenhoven Cowenhoven later became partner mining Man and capitalist. The Molly Gibson and Aspen mines were among his most valuable holdings. He weathered the crash and died a millionaire. . A grand papa Cowenhoven arrived in Aspen in 1880 and opened the first grocery store on the Corner of Cooper and Galena. He made Good investments in mining and retired a millionaire. Daughter rate married . Brown. Feb. 12,1881 b. Clark Wheeler the mining geologist is to deliver a free lecture next monday evening at Walhalla. The Mineral sections of the proposed new county of Pitkin will be treated As Well As other advantageous facilities which the roaring Forks Section presents a the Rocky Mountain news. B. Clark Wheeler Jerome b. Wheeler b. Clark Wheeler a Man of remarkable Energy and strength Snowshoe Over the Range in feb. Of 1880. He boosted Aspen through Public lectures and private contracts. Among his Many undertakings was the Aspen times which he acquired in 1883. Jerome Wheeler was one of aspens Foremost benefactors. An executive of new Yorkus . Macy amp co., he was an Early believer in aspens investment potential. His Many enterprises made the Boom possible. His fortunes were adversely affected by the crash. . Brown clerked for Aspen historical society. Here they come miners who used skis to Cross the Range Continental Divide were Well aware of the recreational possibilities. Judge Deane remembers apr. 24, 1886 a the regular meeting of the Chautauqua Circle was held tuesday evening at the congregational Church mrs. Rice presiding with her usual ability and dignity. After the calling of the roil which was responded to by Apt quotations mrs. Goodwin George read a Well prepared paper on a a woman a work a a evincing on her part a careful Survey of the Field. The feature of the evening however was a lecture by judge Deane which proved to be an extempore descriptive talk of the pioneers of this now populous Camp and their tribulations. Judge Deane having been one of the Range was most competent to do this and interspersed his remarks with Many mirth provoking incidents which were fully appreciated by his audience Many of whom were a old timers them selves and realized in the experiences so graphically related by the judge their own mishaps in crossing to a Aspen Over the judge Deane and his party first had their attention drawn to this then almost unknown and entirely unbroken wilderness by prof. B. Clark Wheeler who was most indefatigable in his efforts to Call the attention of capitalists to the Fertile Fields Here waiting their development and who during the Winter of 1880, delivered a series of lectures at Denver Leadville new York and other places depicting in glowing terms the vast wealth of this country and although Many were then sceptical subsequent developments have proven the truth of his predictions. In May 1880, when judge Deane a party arrived in Aspen there was not a single building of during the year several log Cabins were erected. Provisions of All kinds ruled High prices for Bacon and flour ranging from fifty cents to one Dollar per Pound. A literary society was organized which held its meeting at the residence of b. Clark Wheeler a Hen log Structure of two stories which has been enlarged to the present Garrison House. The Only musical instrument in the Camp was a Small Organ the property of or. And mrs. H. B. Gillespie which was carried round from House to House to have when entertainments were Given. By Christmas 1880, the population had increased to about three Hundred men and thirteen ladies and these ladies gave a Christmas dinner to the gentlemen which on new years Day was reciprocated by these three Hundred gentlemen giving a like entertainment to the thirteen ladies. The judge paid a High tribute to the chivalrous Courtesy of the men of the Camp and asserted without fear of contradiction that nobody from that Day to this had Ever been insulted on the streets of Aspen. The judge closed by painting a glowing picture of the future of Aspen when the whistle of the moguls should reverberate from Aspen to smuggler mountains and thousands of men be engaged in taking from those vast receptacles their untold wealth. The Chautauqua Circle evinced their appreciation of the judges interesting talk by extending to him a Hearty vote of thanks. A the Aspen weekly times
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