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Highlights from the Leadville Weekly Herald

140 Years Ago

Saturday, July 3, 1880

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THE BOULEVARD.

The Finest Drive in the State of Colorado.

Leadville would not be true to her record and herself if she did not excel every other city in Colorado. Last fall she astonished all comers by laying out, grading and fencing in one of the finest driving parks in the state in less than ten days, and the same parties who were in the main responsible for that work now come once more to the front with an enterprise which takes the highest rank in the state.

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Highlights from The Herald Democrat

50 Years Ago

123 Diplomas Presented to Graduation Class of LCHS

June 3, 1970

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Despite a time when old values are being torn apart and the world appears to be a violent place in which to make a new life, all the graduating seniors appeared to be glad to accept the challenge that leaving high school brings. The four main talks of distinguished members of the class disclosed that serious thinking had entered their compositions.

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Highlights from The Herald Democrat

100 Years Ago

June 1, 1920

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PRINCESS QUITS—The doors of the Princess Theater will be darkened tonight and will continue so indefinitely. The business conditions of the city not warranting the maintenance of the show house is given as the reason for discontinuing by Carl Veasey, manager of the theater.

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Highlights from The Herald Democrat

50 Years Ago

Newspaper Is Still Major Info Source

May 7, 1970

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Reading the daily newspaper forms an important part of the daily reading diet of adults in this nation. This fact was revealed recently by a release from the American Newspaper Publishers Association. The study shows that eight of ten adults 18 years of age and older read a newspaper on the average daily.

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Highlights from The Herald Democrat

Anemones In Bloom

May 1, 1945

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Our “April Showers” did bring May flowers. Anemones have been found near Arkansas Junction and along the roadside on the highway to Buena Vista. Here and there about town green grass is beginning to show, and even a few plants have been brave enough to send up green shoots. So with the warmer temperatures yesterday and today it seems as if spring might be here.

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Highlights from the

Carbonate Chronicle

May 3, 1920

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VENDOME’S NEW SOCIAL CENTER—A new social center is being created in Leadville by F. W. Henson, proprietor of the Vendome hotel. Mrs. Henson is the sponsor of the idea, and under her supervision, the tea room is fast taking shape as the smartest spot in the city. The room is located on the first floor of the Vendome, just off the lobby, with windows facing West Seventh street. Adjoining the tea room will be a thoroly equipped kitchen.

The tea room is being artistically decorated. The walls are finished in light gray, and flowered cretonne draperies are being hung at the windows. The serving tables, chairs and window seats are also done in gray.

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Highlights from The Herald Democrat

Early Morning Fire Destroys Historic Landmark at Malta

April 1, 1970

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Investigating officers of Lake County were handed another puzzler early this morning when a county landmark was destroyed by fire, apparently the work of arsonists.

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Highlights from The Herald Democrat

Only 16, Pfc. Anderson Served As Paratrooper

April 3, 1945

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After almost a year of service as a paratrooper, Pfc. Earl Anderson Jr. is about to be discharged from the Army at the ripe old age of 16.

Yesterday his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Anderson of the Maich Cottages, received word from the adjutant general that a discharge on account of minority had been allowed and that their son will return from the Philippines as soon as transportation is available.

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Highlights from the Carbonate Chronicle

April 5, 1920

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ONE WAY TO BOOST LEADVILLE—“Let’s go, Leadville!” The tourist season is not far distant, and something has got to be done to entertain the thousand tourists who come thru and stop here during the summer months. H. L. Borden, supervisor of the Leadville National forest, returned yesterday from Buena Vista, and brot with him an idea which he thinks should be put to practice in Leadville.

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Saturday, April 17, 1880

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A TALE OF BLOOD.

A Dispute Over a Lot Results Fatally to Lawrence Fitzgerald.

His Cowardly Assassin Captured, and Now in the County Jail.

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Empty store fronts - Harrison signs misleading?

by Ann E. Wibbenmeyer

Herald Staff Writer

March 17, 2005

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Leadville may have a lot of empty store fronts on Harrison Avenue, but things are not as bad as they appear to be.

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And A Great Day It Was!

March 18, 1970

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The Irishmen of days gone by may have been turning over in their graves, but that was only for the revived St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

The parade and the subsequent green beer and Mulligan stew banquet drew a marching and dining crowd which exceeded 300 direct descendants from the old sod and their fellow countrymen across the pond.

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Beachhead To Berlin To Be Shown Here

March 5, 1945

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The only color film of the Normandy invasion, “Beachhead to Berlin,” shows in vivid detail the part played by the Coast Guard in landing troops and supplies, in rescue work in the Channel, and in its role as part of the United Nations naval forces during D-Day and the weeks following.

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March 7, 1920

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HIGH TOWER STILL STANDING—Leadville, the Cloud City, once essayed to [fly]—to soar—even higher into the blue skies and white clouds that form the celestial dome of the city. But never again! The wings of wax have melted. Leadville residents must be content with the solid earth beneath their feet—at least for the present.

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No decision yet on rebuilding

by Marcia Martinek

Herald Editor

February 4, 2010

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Although there are no firm plans yet, Robert Christensen, owner of the Aspen Gold business park that was mostly destroyed in the Jan. 22 explosions and fire, hopes that there will be a way to rebuild.

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2,100 Employed by Climax Molybdenum

February 20, 1970

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Climax Molybdenum Company, a division of AMAX (American Metal Climax, Inc.), mined and processed a total of 13.8 million tons of molybdenite ore during 1969.

The mine operated steadily throughout the year with an average production of 38,632 tons per day. Mineral recovered included molybdenum disulfide, tungsten and tin oxides, and iron pyrite. Production came from two major levels, the Phillipson and Storke levels.

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President’s Ball Outstanding Dance Of The Year

February 5, 1945

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A crowd of 500 persons at the President’s Birthday Ball Saturday evening demonstrated again the true spirit which Leadvillites always display for a worthy cause. The many beautiful formal gowns, which created a brilliant scene, plus the gayety of the crowd, made the President’s Birthday Ball the outstanding dance of the year.

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Exploding gas starts fire, destroys businesses

by Ann E. Wibbenmeyer

Herald Staff Writer

January 28, 2010

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Several businesses were destroyed on Friday after a damaged fuel tank exploded in the Aspen Gold business park at 501 U.S. 24 south of Leadville.

The exploded gas tank, which immediately caught fire at 3:04 p.m., was in the Gas Consultants business space, according to public information officer Betty Benson.

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Sheriff Dept. Raids Still

January 22, 1970

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The Days of Yore are still with us! Probably striking a familiar ring with a number of Leadville’s older citizens was the seizure at 11:30 am today of a working still and all the apparatus needed to manufacture “mountain dew” in the home.

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1945 Greeted Noisily

January 1, 1945

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Leadville greeted the New Year in traditional manner with the A. V. Smelter’s whistle blowing, church bells ringing, shots being fired throughout the city, cars going up and down the Avenue with their horns being honked continually, music coming over the loud speaker at the Liberty Bell theater and a big crowd at the midnight show there, and good crowds at both the American Legion Dance and the Elks’ dance. So that’s how Leadville celebrated New Year’s Eve—gaily, yes, but everyone with the hope in his heart that 1945 will bring the end of the war.

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January 5, 1920

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PASSING OF OLD YEAR—Ninteen-nineteen, the aged and decrepit “old year,” faded away into the past at midnight last night with the mournful wailing of every whistle in the county singing its “swan song.” Intermingled with the discordant clamor of the whistles were the clear-toned bells which rang out from the church steeples their farewell to the dying year, and the sharp cracks of guns which barked out their respect to the year that was dawning. Volume was lacking as Leadville residents rang out the old and rang in the new, but the spirit welled up in the sounds which rent the frosty air of the midnight.

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New Forest Service building slated for construction

December 9, 2004

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The USDA Forest Service, Leadville Ranger District, is looking forward to a new district office building.

With 20 full-time employees and up to 15 seasonals during the summer season, it has outgrown its space at 2015 N. Poplar St. where the forest service has been located since 1987.

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Two Planes Expected To Arrive Tomorrow

December 12, 1944

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Two planes are expected to land on the field near the D. & R. G. overpass south of Leadville tomorrow morning about 9 o’clock. They will be piloted by the Hibbs brothers, Arthur and Ashley, who operate an airport and give flying instructions in Salida.

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Leadville Shivered Under Snow Blanket

Friday, November 28, 1919

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Buried under a blanket of snow lying eighteen to twenty inches deep on the level, Leadville yesterday observed Thanksgiving day with the thermometer far below the freezing point thruout the entire twenty-four hours ending at 6 o’clock last night. The lowest temperature recorded was twelve degrees below zero, while the maximum was sixteen degrees above, giving a mean temperature for the day of two degrees above.

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Potpourri...

November 6, 1969

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Mailing hint: Mailing early is a must for Christmas gifts going to Vietnam, and so is the right kind of packaging to get them there safely. For food treats especially vulnerable to the effects of rough handling, delays and bad weather, the best answer may be the plastic food containers designed for freezer or refrigerator storage.

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Red Cross Canteen Closes After Serving Men Of Camp Hale

November 6, 1944

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After 18 months of being “a home away from home” to the soldiers stationed at Camp Hale, the Red Cross Canteen closed last evening owing to the discontinuance of the camp.

The canteen is an excellent example of success through community cooperation. The Lake County Commissioners equipped and paid all the running expenses of the building. The Red Cross met the expenses for the supplies and food used for the Saturday evening dinners and for cookies served with coffee throughout the week. A great deal of credit is due Mrs. Ted Lane, chairman of the canteen committee, who with thorough understanding cheerfully did a fine job. Credit is also due the members of the canteen staff and all the other voluntary helpers who cooked the meals and cookies, and who gave much of their time working at the canteen.

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Moly price and demand are issues for mine

by Marcia Martinek

Herald Editor

October 1, 2009

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Although questions and speculations regarding the Climax Mine abound in Leadville, the people at Freeport McMoRan (FCX), mine owners, have not shed much light on the mine’s eventual reopening.

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Potpourri...

October 3, 1969

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You say to somebody nowadays, “A penny for your thoughts?” you’re being insulting. Did you ever stop to think what a penny has been demoted to—just something you stick into the parking meter for 10 minutes or so of time and hope it will stretch past the meter maid’s time to go by.

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Quarrel Climaxed By Fatal Shooting

October 2, 1944

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A quarrel which was said to have started during a drinking and dancing party last night resulted in the fatal shooting of Arthur Edward Huston at his home in the Milwaukee House early this morning.

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