The Fry-Ark grew out of post-World War II optimism when government championed big projects and environmentalism was a seedling.
Aspen locals in 1930 welcomed the work on a big dam-and-tunnel project on Independence Pass, but the community grew to miss the water in the river.
As Aspen evolved from a bucolic high-mountain meadow to an industrial city, pollution began to flow directly into the Roaring Fork River and its tributaries.
The object of multiple dives between October 1910 and January 1911 into the debris-clogged mine was to rebuild the pump at the bottom of the Free Silver shaft on the 12th level.
Big plans on paper have yet to turn into ski lifts.
The terrain to be added to Aspen Mountain comes with a history fitting of its name.
34 years ago on March 31, a monumental avalanche wrote a tragic chapter in Aspen history
Andre Roch exclaimed, “Immense schusses, where your face freezes and clouds of powder rise behind you, make the skier feel like a rocket.”
The first prospectors up Lincoln Creek in the early 1880s faced avalanches, unstable explosives, cave-ins, and odyssey-like distances to marginal medical care.
The last miner to live on Aspen Mountain, his life bridged the eras of mining and skiing