THE WAY IT WAS
Passengers have to hike
May 2, 1923
The Moffat road is again tied up by a bad slide in Egeria canyon. Tuesday the earth began moving and is now piled high over the tracks. A general fear has been felt that this means a prolonged suspension of traffic. A similar slide at the same spot two years ago prevented trains from getting through for 27 days.
A big force of men with a steam shovel and other earth-moving machinery is at work and railroad officials now feel confident that the road can be repaired in not in excess of two weeks.
While it will probably be impossible to transfer parcel post, express or freight, passengers are able to get around the slide with comparatively little trouble. The western portal of the tunnel has been uncovered and persons from the Denver train are being brought through on flat cars pushed by an engine at the rear. A 60-foot stairway has been constructed leading up to a path dug along the side of the hill and descending on the other side of the slide to a train waiting there.
A too faithful watch dog
County Clerk John D. Crawford is paying the penalty for being a too early riser, having suffered a badly disfigured hand. He took a package of washing to the Steamboat laundry Monday morning and, as it was before the establishment was opened for the day, he dropped the bundle through the trap provided for that purpose. The faithful watch dog, an animal which has been considered completely harmless, was inside the building and seeing a strange hand thrust through the hole, grabbed for it, inflicting a painful wound. At present Mr. Crawford is healing nicely and no serious aftereffects are anticipated.
Siren calls for clean up
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week the citizens of Steamboat Springs united in a community movement to put the municipal campgrounds on the island at the west end of town in attractive condition in preparation for the opening of the auto tourist season. Each day at 3:30 p.m. the siren whistle at the electric light plant was sounded, signaling the beginning of work at 4 o’clock. Each afternoon, public-spirited citizens, fully 50 of them, turned out with shovels, picks and other tools to aid in the work. The ladies of the community also joined in, preparing a basket supper, with the cooperation of several business houses, which they served last evening on the grounds.
A thorough job was done of cleaning up the rubbish and litter on the island, in trimming brush and otherwise improving the appearance of the popular spot, helping keep it a place long to be remembered by many a tourist.
Friends and neighbors
Sheep shearing has been completed on the Tynan ranches near Yampa.
Frank Bird of Yampa has moved his house and other buildings, local landmarks, from the lots north of the schoolhouse to his ranch southeast of Yampa.
On the upper Snake nearly everybody has turned their cattle out and they are doing fine.
Over at Sidney, all are glad to see the snow gone and the roads getting dry once more. Car traffic will soon begin again. George Cook is hauling hay from the Louis Summer ranch and the Green Cattle Co. has moved its cattle to the home range on Williams Fork, the herd leaving here Saturday.
Sheriff C.W. Neiman was seized suddenly Sunday night with an attack of neuralgic rheumatism and for a day or two had to navigate crutches.
Charles Gaffney, the colored janitor of the Maxwell block, is taking a short vacation and is visiting friends at Mount Harris. He plans to return tomorrow.
Lawrence Wren has improved his residence at the east end of Spruce Street by adding a new front room.
George C. Merrill is the owner of fine healthy twin calves presented to him by one of his family cows.
Notice: All property owners are hereby notified that all ashes, manure and other trash must be removed to the dumping grounds designated by the Town Marshal. Also rubbish thrown on the streets and alleys, also vacant lots.
Chickens should be shut up at once and stock must not be allowed to run at large under penalty of the Town Ordinances.
F.E. Willett, Mayor
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