Alpine Tunnel Days 1968-08-03

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This series of tapes, recorded by Dr. Charles Townsend, involves several speakers, including local historian Margaret Flick, on the history of the narrow gauge railroad line from Gunnison to the mining communities of Pitkin and Alpine Station. The highlight of this celebration is the tour to the Alpine Tunnel near Pitkin and the commemoration of its role in the old mining days.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Alpine Tunnel Days

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Date: August 3, 1968

Location: Pitkin, Colorado

Interviewer: Charles Townsend

Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: (Tape one: 30 minutes), History of Colorado Mining--speech, Tour of cemetery--Pitkin, Mrs. Bonnie Pearson speaks, Music selection by local pastor--Pitkin Community Church(McNeill?), Speech by Dr. Townsend, (Mildred Pearson speaks for her father, Art Pearson), History of Pitkin, Pitkin Cemetery, People buried there, John Barnett, "Shorty", Ed McBride, Micheal Shay, Founders of Pitkin, Oldtimers buried at Pitkin, Interview with Mrs. Lamb, Mildred Pearson--in the cemetery, The Incident, Caught in Marble Mine slide (Mr. Case), Officers buried there--World War I, Singing, Comments by Dr. Townsend

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: (Tape two: 30 minutes), Statistics and facts on early Alpine history related, Mob lynching of Italian emigrant, Murders discussed, Narration on slide picture presentation, Slides concern trip to the Alpine Tunnel

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Tape 3, Side 1: Slides: Height Uncompadre (?) Peak, Height of Weatherhorn Peak, Interior of Engine House, Condition of Dispatch Station, Location of cabin, Alpine Tunnel days 1967--slides, Snowslide, Last snow plow run through tunnel, Closing remarks , Noise of crowd leaving

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1967-1968

Bulk Dates: 1967-1968

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