Tuesday, September 28, 2010


...in the good old days was not so good.  Yesterday I was talking with a woman from Denver who was probably in her late 70s or early 80s about what it was like getting to Summit County before the Interstate and the completion of the first bore of the Eisenhower Tunnel in 1973 and the second bore, the Johnson Tunnel, in 1979.  Most of the trip from Denver was on Highway 6 with intermittent parts where the Interstate had been completed.  Regardless, we always had to drive over Loveland Pass rain, sun or snow.  It was an adventure to say the least.  I remember driving from Denver to Aspen to ski early in the morning on two lane roads for the most part.  The top of the Dillon Dam was Highway 6 and it went through the town of Frisco to Ten Mile Canyon.  Antler's Trading Post was then a restaurant where you could get breakfast on your way to Aspen or Vail to ski.  I also remember that there were about four or five twenty four hour restaurants in Summit County then.  Bennett's in Silverthorne where Burger King is now.  The Red Buffalo in Frisco where the Historic Park is now.  They had a bakery in the Red Buffalo and you could get a fresh baked slice of pie with ice cream at 4 am when I was working midnights for the Sheriff's Office.  Is it progress that today, forty years later, there are no restaurants that stay open all night?   As a historian and sociologist I would guess that it has more to do with the completion of the Interstate.  Before people were looking for a refuge.  A piece of pie and a cup of coffee early in the morning.  While today they do not have time to even slow down as they shoot through the county getting to their destination.  No time to relax.  Again I ask, is that progress?

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