Postcards sent from the past

Postcards sent from the past

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The Durango-to-Silverton road, before it was paved, was gravel and dirt. This is a springtime image of the highway along what is now Lime Creek Road.
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Durango is blessed with numerous excellent restaurants, but in the 1950s, the Chief Diner could not be beat for hearty road food. Note the 95 cent price for a 20-ounce T-bone steak.
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One of the earliest photos of Durango, this 1880 image shows Main Avenue with wooden buildings. Durango was founded that year.
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The brick Hermosa House at Trimble Springs Resort did not survive a 1931 fire. The hot springs remain, but the historic hotel, home in the winter to occasional Silverton miners, no longer exists. This postcard was mailed June 3, 1908.
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The Durango Smelter once refined gold and silver, but during World War II it smelted uranium ore for an atomic bomb used at Nagasaki, Japan. The former superfund environmental waste site is now our local dog park.
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Then and now, a favorite hiking area for local Durangoans has been Animas Mountain with its views of the north Animas Valley and meanders of the Animas River.
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