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Salida Record, Feb 12, 1904: Many patrons of the opera house noticed with pleasure a new stage setting used at the time of the concert by the New South Jubilee Company and remarked that it was the prettiest parlor scene they had ever seen on the local stage. The scene was designed and painted and set up by Charles Eastman, the local stage manager. The materials used are old canvases and frames but the excellent result would never lead one to believe it.

Salida Record, March 3, 1904: Alpine Park has received a fine coat of fertilizer that will make the grass more beautiful than ever this spring. River Front Park is now almost entirely filled in and is being surfaced with soil. it is hoped that it will be grassed this spring. When this is done Salida will present a pretty appearance from the depot.

Salida Record, June 22, 1904: Although the day was not as pleasant as it might have been, the Sunday excusions and band concert at Wellsville hot springs afforded recreation to quite a number of Salidans. The afternoon was threatening and rather cool, but the band playing on the streets drew a large crowd to the depot and filled a train of three coaches.

Salida Record, July 29, 1904: The Salida Shops Base Ball team encountered the Leadville "Topics" at the ball park in the Cloud City Sunday. The result was not very flattering to the Salida team, the score at the end of the ninth inning standing at 10 to 3 in favor of the Leadville team. Up to the eighth inning the game was close, but in favor of the Salida boys on the score of 3 to 2. In the eighth however, fickle Fate turned her back on the visitors and the Leadvilleites hurried eight scores over the plate.

Salida Mail, June 6, 1928: The Big Parade! That is the feature of the Salida Auto Show which is giving the management most concern at present. It is expected to be the biggest automobile parade ever held in Salida, with cars of every make and every age and every size in line. Salida will be traveling on rubber that day.

Bob Russell says he fears there are so many cars in Salida that all the people will be riding in them and there will be nobody on the street curb to watch the parade go by.

It is planned to have the various makes of cars grouped together and to this end the owners are requested to confer with the Salida dealers about the meeting place before the parade commences.

Salida Mail, Aug. 25, 1928: The new electric signs were erected yesterday at the East and West entrances to Salida to guide tourists who arrive after dark. The signs were a long felt want. Coe Branch was chairman of the committee which raised the funds by subscription and which ordered and placed the signs.

Salida Mail, July 26, 1929: The annual G. A. R. picnic held Wednesday at Wellsville Hot Springs was attended by a good crowd of circle members and their families and three old soldiers, H. C. Boon, Jmes Kendall and E. M. Paine. The latter were taken down by Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Stewart who remained for the day. A delicious picnic dinner was served at noon in the pavioion and the afternoon was spent in games and swimming.

Salida Daily Mail-Record, July 7, 1954: Salida Sports Area, Inc., has received papers of incorporation and work is underway to develop the Monarch pass ski course. The corporation expects to purchase a double chair lift, about 3,000 feet long. The chair lift will go clear to the top of the Continental Divide and affords a magnificent view of both the West and Eastern slopes.

Salida Daily Mail-Record, June 21, 1954: A crowd estimated at upwards 3,000 enjoyed the Boat Race parade.

Seventeen floats were entered. Judges were Harry C. Tinsley, Careton T. Sills and Joseph A. McKinnery. First prize winner in the international category was Argys Market, with a Dutch mill and tulips. The Poncha springs Cub Scouts, dressed as "cannibals," also won top honors in the kiddie parade.

The Mountain Mail, July 6, 1979: The relationship between gasoline and tourism is a close one in the Rocky Mountains, for nearly all tourists arrive by automobile. Thus it came as no surprise that the drop in tourism is very close to the decrease in gasoline supplies from last year.

We have from 80 to 90 percent as much gasoline as in 1978; we also have from 80 to 90 percent as many tourists as a year earlier. Tourism is an important part of the local economy, and its decline this summer will show up in a number of places where the economic effects won't be good. But local businessmen seem to be reacting well to the problem; newer activities, such as rafting, seem to be picking up some of the slack; and overall people seem to be making the best of a bad situation.

The Mountain Mail, August 9, 1979: The Monarch Recreation Corporation, including the Ramada Inn at Garfield, the Monarch Ski Area, and real estate in Garfield, has been sold to an investment firm headed by Jerry Rodgers, a Los Angeles industrialist.

Elmo Bevington, the principal owner of the corporation and the man who built the ski area and the hotel into a major recreation development, has sold his interest in the corporation, the transaction closing this week.

The Mountain Mail, Aug. 17, 1979: There are literally dozens of events scheduled this weekend in Buena Vista to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the town. Such events as a pancake breakfast, hot air balloon rides, rock drilling contest and a Centennial Parade are planned to get the even started. Also planned for the weekend celebration is a garden show, an old timers picnic, log rolling contest, bubble gum blowing and beard contests, horseshoe pitching, a tug of war, burro racing and a street dance.

The Mountain Mail, Aug. 20, 1979: The Salida Concerts of the Aspen Music Festival completed its second season here Saturday. On hand for the last of the six concerts were Edgar Stearns, the chairman of the board of the Music Associates of Aspen, and Jan Collins, the organization's business manager, along with their spouses. At a recpetion at the Salida Inn following the concert Stearns said he believed the Salida series would continue developing.

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