Dale Davidson

Looking Back

‘Aunt June’ and her history with Cortez history

Several weeks ago, the Montezuma County Historical Society held its “Acknowledgement” program to thank people who have made important contributions to the preservation of our local history....

DATE: June 1, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

Beginnings of business in Cortez, 1891-1892

The next two columns contain letters written by Stephen J. Smith to his boss, E. S. Turner, in 1891 and 1892. Smith was the local business manager for the investors in the beginnings of Cortez. He...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

The Cortez CCC Camp: Chestnut Street in 1940, Part 2

Some of the history of the local Civilian Conservation Corps has been preserved in photographs of the camp and the men who lived there.From a photo taken Sept. 13, 1940, we know that the company...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back

The Cortez CCC Camp: Chestnut Street in 1940

This is the first of two articles about the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, located at the north edge of Cortez before World War II. Very little remains of the camp, but historic photos and old...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2015 | COLUMN: Looking back