Letter: Glenwood memories
Just to make a point consider this challenge from social media:
Without revealing your actual age, what “something” do you remember that if you told a younger person, they wouldn’t understand?
Each culture, each town, each person, each family has its collective memories, and from them we reflect back to them for present values. These are collective memories, not personal, libelous or snide. Try it on Glenwood Springs, Colorado:
Without revealing when you became a resident of Glenwood, what “something” do you remember that if you told a “newcomer” they wouldn’t understand?
Water skiing at Hanging Lake or the Hot Springs Pool; large lawn sprinklers on the lawn above the Hot Springs Pool; Mr. Butts Upholstery on Cooper; the millinery ladies in the house at Ninth and Cooper; Glen Theater with Dan and Della Cornwall and the Canyon Drive In Theater; Glenwood Post oversize edition, printed on one side; The Morning Reminder, one or two colored mimeographed pages, folded in two; Chief Mark Burnett parking on the north side of Eighth and Grand in front of the Dever Jewelry clock, waiting for speeders coming over the bridge.
El Rancho Motel; 6&24 Cafe; Tenbrook’s Junkyard; Railroad car diner; Ice cream cones at Mitchell’s Glenwood Creamery; the Capri Room at the Hotel Denver; tanker with hot mineral springs water to melt ice off of Grand Avenue; Doc Holliday’s grave marker installed after Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster’s “Gunfight at the OK Corral”; McCuen’s Cabins; Boz Croyle; “The Cane Man” (said that he walked the tracks to Minturn with repaired shoes from McDonald’s shoe shop).
Memories are being made today. They impact tomorrow. Many older people’s memories would bring up a wealth of information preceding these. May we help each other, through our collective memories, into the future, into history.
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