Frontier Diary |

Frontier Diary

Willa Soncarty
Frontier Historical Museum registrar
Photo courtesy Frontier Historical Society.PHOTO: One of the buildings affected by the quake of 1912 was the First National Bank, which stood at the corner of Eighth and Grand.

From Aspen to Spring Gulch, Basalt to Eagle, Glenwood Springs to Carbondale the ground rolled. For 30 seconds the morning of Oct. 25, 1912, an earthquake shook the region.

Glenwood Springs residents started their day like most days preceding it. Schools and businesses were open and people went about their daily routines. Then, at 11 o’clock that morning, the earth shook. Buildings swayed, bricks fell from chimneys, dishes clattered on kitchen shelves and panes of glass rattled in windows. Teachers hurried children out of school and people scurried out of buildings.

The ground shook violently enough to open the vault doors at the First National Bank on the corner of Eighth and Grand, causing employees to rush out of the building in a panic.

Many initially thought that the noise and movement had been caused by trains colliding on the railroad track running through town. Some felt that the rumblings were caused by the dormant Dotsero volcano.

Without the modern technology we now have, the exact location of the quake’s center was not pinpointed.

Aftershocks continued for many days. After the earth finally quieted, all that was left was the memory of the earthquake of 1912.

“Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, located at 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. The museum’s winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, call 945-4448.

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