100 Years Ago Today: Carnegie Libraries

Craig Empire, February 19, 1919 Andrew Carnegie, best known as a steel magnate and a philanthropist, donated 90% of his earnings during his lifetime, which amounts to an unparalleled 350 million dollars. That's the equivalent of billions of dollars today. Jeff Bezos, are you taking notes? Carnegie Libraries are pillars of Andrew Carnegie's enduring philanthropic …

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100 Years Ago Today: Animas River Turns Cow Teeth Gold

Alamosa Courier, Volume XXXI, Number 7, February 15, 1919 The Animas River turned cow teeth gold? Never heard of anything like it! Oh wait, isn't this the river where the EPA accidentally blew out 3 million gallons of water containing high levels of iron, arsenic, and other toxins during the Gold King Mine cleanup, which …

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100 Years Ago Today: Lunatic Threatens to Cut Off Police Chief’s Head

Herald Democrat, February 14, 1919 Governor Oliver H. Shoup (shoop ba-doop) was elected the 22nd governor of Colorado in November, 1918, and he was already receiving death threats by February, 1919. "Lunatics" weren't wasting any time. Granted, Shoup's own head was not under threat but that of a proxy, Hamilton Armstrong, long-serving Denver Chief of …

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100 Years Ago Today: Cement Bill Gets Into Clay

Colorado Transcript, February 13, 1919 William "Cement Bill" Williams is a guy I'd have loved to share a drink with, just to pry him for stories. Bummer that prohibition would've gotten in the way. But every time I come across a newspaper article about Bill he's got his calloused hand in some new business or …

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100 Years Ago Today: Mabel Normand, Silent Film Comedy Star

Fort Collins Courier, February 12, 1919 The old Lyric Theater in Fort Collins, 1915 Last night I was watching an episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel where a male booking agent meets the comedian he hired, Midge Maisel, for the first time. She's wearing a black evening dress. Her hair is fabulous. She looks gorgeous. …

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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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