A “tail” of two cities

Texans have been invading Colorado for decades to play in the snow. But in the past decade or so, spending a chunk of one’s summertime in a Colorado mountain town to avoid the scorching heat has almost become a rite-of-passage. The winters offer skiing, snowmobiling, tubing and, my favorite winter pastime, après-ski. In the summer, […]

Pitkin’s boastful gulch

On Sept. 13, 1888, the Leadville Chronicle sub-headlined: “A Lincoln Gulch Man Has a Terrible Hand-to-Hand Fight With a Huge Mountain Lion — A Narrow Escape.” Two “pickslingers” employed by claim owner Dr. Whitehill of Leadville were bedded down for the night in their shack up Lincoln Gulch, when caterwauling of an unmistakable kind outside […]

Tearing down walls, opening doors

by Curtis Wackerle, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer Eleven men who normally live behind the walls of the Buena Vista Correctional Facility spent three nights camping last week near the headwaters of Lincoln Creek, working for the U.S. Forest Service to demolish abandoned cabins around the site of the historic Ruby mining outpost. The convicts […]