History

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    Old traditions make for new memories

    Potato Day is the longest standing locals’ tradition in Carbondale. The event kicked off in 1909, and celebrated its 100-year anniversary in the same year that The Sopris Sun printed its first issue. On Oct. 2, the Town celebrates the 112th annual Potato Day.

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    Marble Ski Area fight raged 50 years ago

    As Colorado ski areas boomed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a couple of Denver developers decided they wanted in on the action. They eventually set their sights on Marble, a near ghost town about 25 miles as the crow flies, west-southwest of Aspen.

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    Bill Morrow’s sculptures find home

    “I have absolutely no fear of dying.” Bill Morrow, 75 years old, stepped inside from working on a 2002 Buick Rendezvous to join The Sopris Sun by phone. “I’m actually looking forward to the opportunity. But I can’t do it until this sculpture is gone.” Morrow refers toread more →

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    Memorializing the public space

    The question about the appropriateness of certain monuments and statues has been simmering for decades. It finally bubbled over in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. As civil unrest spread across the country, many statues and monuments were vandalized, destroyed or removed.read more →

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    Poetry in times of conquest

    By Carlos Herrera Montero

    In the previous article, we talked about the poetic work that existed during Pre-Columbian times. The arrival of theSpaniards in 1492 and the beginning of the conquest (XVI century, from circa 1520 to 1570) was the process of exploration, conquering and colonization ofread more →

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    Carbondale Historical Society celebrates "Our Hattie"

    Sue Gray, executive director of the Carbondale Historical Society (CHS), called it “a small gathering to celebrate our Hattie.” On the evening of June 9, the group gathered in the side yard next to the Thompson House Museum to celebrate Hattie Thompson Holland’s 155th birthday.

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    Remembering Coal Basin tragedy

    By Bill Jochems
    Special to The Sopris Sun

    It was forty years ago, but feels like yesterday. Thwap, thwap, thwap and echoes of helicopters woke Redstone at dawn. Then Tom Brokaw’s voice came through: “and this morning, in Redstone, Colorado…” National news, but a locally intense and tragic story.… read more →

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    The Why and The What of historic preservation

    By Eric Doud
    Carbondale’s Historic Preservation Commission

    The Why
    Carbondale’s age and location provides an opportunity to develop as a destination for heritage tourism, one of the strongest areas of growth in Colorado’s economy. Studies have shown that the strength of local historic preservation can be directly linked… read more →

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    Spring Lecture Series: Sisters of Courage

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    The Civil War, Westward Expansion, the Panic of 1893 are all well known historical events that take on new meaning with this story of their impact on a single family. For Women’s History Month, you are invited to this virtual event where you will learn about Kittie and Annie Harbison…

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    A caboose comes to Carbondale

    A caboose, you say? Here in Carbondale? Well, yes, right behind the big yellow house at the corner of 3rd and Capitol. So how did that get here and when? It’s a good story, but first …

    The house
    According to a survey of historic structures put out by… read more →