Does anyone still assemble at Twin Lakes for The Great Tomato War? Well, that was years ago, so perhaps not. The point was to save the Aspen bastion from the “redneck” Arkansas Valley locals and their friends, the Texans. This was all in mocking fun and would have taken some planning to get enough tomatoes and people. Oh well.

How seriously could this be reenacted if there was the idea of a tunnel to facilitate traffic from Denver beneath Independence Pass to Aspen? It would be more than a tomato war, and Glenwood would be at the front line. Aspen is 40 miles closer to Denver via Independence Pass than through Glenwood.

A water diversion tunnel already exists beneath Independence Pass that’s twice as long as the Eisenhower and Johnson Tunnels. The possibility of a highway tunnel isn’t improbable.

In more realistic terms of today, no one will consider a “Independence Tunnel,” unless Glenwood doesn’t come up with a better alternative. That being said, a tunnel around Glenwood’s traffic would be the “clean” way to beat the “Independence Tunnel.”

Help. “The Glenwood Tunnel” is siphoning off Glenwood’s commerce! It would, unless it was “commuter and commercial only.” Leave Glenwood for tourists and locals.

Just some thoughts the citizenry might consider.

Fred Stewart

Glenwood Springs

Editor’s note: We are aware of the Great Tomato Wars, but it is our understanding that the “war” was between Texans and Coloradoans.

An article in the newspaper in September 1987 describes the following. The Nordic Inn mentioned is now the Twin Lakes Inn.

Colorado Takes “Tomalamo” with lightning speed

The sixth annual Tomato War ended in a surprisingly quick victory for the Colorado forces.

The motto, “Drink beer and hit a Texan,” just about summed up the battles that normally take up a full weekend. The war commenced at noon on Sept. 26 and was over by 1:30 p.m.

The Texans’ traditional stronghold, the “Tomalamo,” fell early with a storm of troops from the Colorado brigade. The Texans complained they had run out of ammunition early and were unable to defend the sudden and early onslaught of high- altitude guerrillas.

The face-off on Sunday was survived by a Coloradoan, winning the war for the fifth time out of the six years it has been held.

Although this year’s war was as enthusiastic and well-attended as any with an estimated 500 attendants and participants, it may have been the last, according to Dave Ballard, one of the event’s coordinators.

“Because of the tremendous expense involved in insurance, promotion, and the other incidentals involved in a project of this scope, Taylor Adams may not be able to do it again,” Ballard stated.

Adams, who sold the Inn of the Black Wolf, which now carries the name Nordic Inn, has conducted the Tomato War in the past in an effort to support her efforts to preserve her black wolf pack. According to Ballard, her sale of the inn was an effort to buy enough acreage to support her efforts to expand the habitat of the wolves.

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