Today’s chapter adulatory 100 years of the Estes Park Trail-Gazette is the aboriginal of three challenge challenges offered during the year 2021, with a $33 award-winning awarded to the acknowledged entrant.
Ernie Petrocine, alive buyer and majority actor of the Rocky Mountain Connection and Outdoor World accouterment and camping accumulation food on East Elkhorn Avenue, dug out an undated photo from his business files, decidedly one of the few photos of Western Brands in its aboriginal location, and the aboriginal angel of the acclaimed “log and wagon wheel” assurance I’ve appear beyond in situ, rather than as a aerial announcement or archive illustration.
Courtesy photo, John Meisnner
Western Brands, managed by Ernie’s ancestor Norman T. “Pep” Petrocine, was the forerunner of Rocky Mountain Connection, although, as noted, this photo was taken above-mentioned to the amplification of Western Brands into the architecture now active by Rocky Mountain Connection. The commodity from the May 1958 Trail accompanying this installment, which letters the move into that building, provides an high bracket to a date ambit of abeyant years assigned to the challenge photograph, in that this photograph could not accept been taken any afterwards than May 1958. A photograph taken in May 1958 or afterwards would appearance Western Brands broadcast into the architecture active by “Suzie Q.”
Your job as a challenge aspirant is to use added clues provided in the photograph to attenuated this range, finer to a specific year, aback this photograph was taken. You will accept to appearance your work, in that you will accept to accommodate affirmation for why it was taken in this accurate year, and could not accept been taken in the year above-mentioned to this, or the year afterwards this.
Some readers will anon ask, “How is this possible? How could I possibly accredit a year to this photograph added than ancient above-mentioned to 1958 if I didn’t abound up here, and if I’m alien with Estes Park history?” The answer, which is already actuality pursued by those who adore acceptable contests, is to attending aback through beforehand issues of the Estes Park Trail, which is about consistently the antecedent of documentary advice apropos Estes Park businesses. It ability additionally accelerate your chase if you asked a adept citizen or apparent through Estes Park Trail searches the name of the architecture active by the “Suzie Q” children’s accouterment abundance in this photograph.
“But how do I admission aback issues of the Estes Park Trail, abnormally during COVID?” is the abutting analytic complaint from those alien with Estes Park history. And the acknowledgment to that is through the Colorado Historic Newspapers website, which is chargeless to all, and accessible at the library for those afterwards internet access.
Word searches on this website can be belted to specific newspapers, and the Estes Park Trail is currently accessible in agenda architecture from 1921 through 1964, able-bodied aural the lower- and upper-limit ambit of aback this photograph was potentially taken.
As a tie-breaker, entrants should either accommodate or assumption the business application the added bisected of the aboriginal attic of the architecture active by the “Suzie Q” children’s accouterment abundance in this photograph. Again, for those who anticipate this advice can alone be captivated in the anamnesis banks of a baddest few, it was appear at the time by the Estes Park Trail, and every affair of the Estes Park Trail appear from its aboriginal affair in April 1921 through, at aftermost check, March 1965 has been adored and scanned and is searchable by chat or byword on this chargeless website. It is aloof a amount of alive how to aces advantageous chase agreement (or blunder beyond them through balloon and error) and how to attenuated searches to the accordant year or years, appropriately abbreviation the workload of glossing anxiously through tens or hundreds of retrieved articles.
So again, the challenge questions are: (1) In what year or years was the photograph of Western Brands accompanying this commodity taken (which is the aforementioned as advertence what years, afore X and afterwards Y, this photograph could not accept been taken)? and (2) What business active the western bisected of the aboriginal attic of the architecture area “Suzie Q” was amid in that year (or years). If ties still exist, the acceptable access will be fatigued from a hat. Anyone is acceptable to enter, but please, alone one access per person.
The acceptable aspirant will accept a $33 allowance affidavit to Rocky Mountain Connection, acceptable through 2021 and redeemable for any commodity in stock. Challenge entries should be emailed to [email protected], or slipped beneath the aperture of the Trail-Gazette appointment at 351 Moraine Avenue, above-mentioned to apex Wednesday, February 3.
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