100 Years Ago Today: Strikers Replaced by Soldiers

Herald Democrat, February 11, 1919 Today, thousands of Denver Public Schools teachers went on strike to demand higher wages and a more predictable pay schedule. It is the first teacher strike in the district in 25 years. However, if you rewind 100 years, strikes were all the rage in the labor movement. In Seattle, the …

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100 Years Ago Today: Breckenridge Issues Water Warning

Summit County Journal, February 8, 1919 People of Breckenridge, Colorado! Stop running your water at full blast all night! We know the pipes in your house might freeze and burst during the winter but our tiny reservoir only has a few feet of depth left! And the water pressure is so low that we couldn't …

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100 Years Ago Today: Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

Record Journal of Douglas, February 7, 1919 In honor of the 106th annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival, running from February 6th-10th, 2019, here's an announcement of the Carnival from 100 years ago, albeit one with a misspelling (taurnament?) and misinformation -- I think the "top notch professionals" were trying to *raise* the world record jump, …

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103 Years Ago Today: Flanger Jumps Track, Hits 75mph

Chaffee County Republican, February 5, 1916 A flanger is a railroad car that clears the area between the rails of ice and snow. A flanger would often be used in conjunction with a rotary snow plow when there was significant snow buildup on the tracks. Whereas a rotary is placed on the front of a …

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100 Years Ago Today: Relief for Armenian Genocide Survivors

Salida Mail, Volume XXXVIII, Number 68, February 4, 1919 Not mentioned in this Chaffee County relief fund drive article is the phrase Armenian Genocide, although that is what most historians and scholars today agree took place in Armenia from 1915-1918. The death toll of the genocide is estimated between 800,000 to 1.5 million Armenians at …

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100 Years Ago Today: Bolshevism and Breckenridge

Summit County Journal, February 1, 1919 Naively, I thought I could brush up on Bolshevism, the Russian Revolution, Communism, the Red Army, Anarchism, and the I.W.W. circa 1919 in a couple of hours in order to write up some context for today's article. This, despite the fact that the last time I learned about any …

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