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Historical photo exhibit to grace Garfield County Courthouse

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Courtesy the Frontier Historical MuseumA dugout cabin, possibly built by Nims Ferguson, was used as the first Garfield County Courthouse when records were brought down from Carbonate in 1883. The cabin also was used as a hotel for stranded travelers.

Did you know that Garfield County’s first courthouse building in Glenwood Springs was a dugout log cabin, which for a while contained the county records that moved to Glenwood from the original county seat, Carbonate?

Or that the only crossing of the Colorado River at Glenwood Springs at one time was a toll bridge aligned with Cooper Avenue, before the Grand Avenue State Bridge was built?

Those historical tidbits and more will soon grace the walls of the familiar Garfield County Courthouse, when officials put up an exhibit of 87 photos culled from museums, historical societies and libraries around the county and state.

The initial collection is primarily made up of buildings, main streets, railroad depots, log cabins with families out front, old school houses and other landmarks, some of which are still in evidence in different towns.

In addition, there are a few people photos, such as an iconic image of Dr. John Henry “Doc” Holliday, famous gunslinger and dentist, who died of “consumption” [tuberculosis] at the old Hotel Glenwood; and a lineup of ladies in Carbondale, circa 1915, holding rakes in preparation for a Main Street cleanup.

In the future, according to County Commissioner John Martin, who is spearheading the effort, there will be photo collections of county officials, judges and other personalities from decades past and not-so-past.

According to Linda Morcom, former administrative assistant to the county commissioners and a volunteer working on the photo exhibit, the pictures have been framed and are ready to go.

“Everything is ready to hang,” she said on Wednesday, explaining that Martin is working on gathering some volunteers to hang the photos in the Courthouse over one of the upcoming weekends.

Then, Morcom said, there will be a grand opening on the Monday after the pictures are hung.

“What we want to do is remember our history, the way it was,” said Martin about the exhibits.

He invited the general public to show up, either at the grand opening or any other time the courthouse is open, to “compare the Grande Avenue Bridge traffic jam from 1922 or 23 and now,” and other interesting images.


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