Early views of Durango, Colorado:
This page contains a sampling of historical photos of Durango and vicinity.
Click on the following images for a larger view:
|Item #||URL (click for larger image)||Description||
P 001 I-02-07
|https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00110207Page.htm||Peacock store and stagecoach (Durango, Colo.), 1881-1882.|
|P 001 I-01-02||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00110102Page.htm||La Plata County courthouse (Durango, Colo.), undated.|
|P 001 I-01-24||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00110124Page.htm||Elks Club building on E. 2nd Ave. (Durango, Colo.), undated.|
|P 001 I-01-27||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00110127Page.htm||Durango Rifles in front of the La Plata County Courthouse, late 1880s.|
|P 001 I-01-01||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00110101Page.htm||Gardenswartz building (corner of 9th St. and Main Ave., Durango, Colo.), undated.|
|SWM 194, Vol. 1, item #46||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/M194/M1941046FPage.htm||Library (Durango, Colo.), circa 1907/1910. Click here to view other view of the exterior of Durango's Carnegie library: http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/inventory/DgoGov.htm#LibDig|
|P 001 I-01-15||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00110115Page.htm||Mercy Hospital (Durango, Colo.), undated.|
|P 001 I-10-01||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00111001Page.htm||Main Ave. (Durango, Colo.), circa 1910.|
|P 001 I-10-27||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00111027Page.htm||Electric streetcar (Durango, Colo.), undated. Street cars on Main Ave in front of the Kiva Building. From the Durango Herald, March 16, 1975. The building was constructed in 1892.|
|P 001 I-10-26||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00111026Page.htm||Strater Hotel (Durango, Colo.) looking south, undated. A front view of the hotel, with Smelter Mountain in the background.|
|https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P018/P0181006002Page.htm||Durangoans circle Ute Indians below the Longfellow School, Durango, Colorado, circa September-October 1890. Possibly a photo by Jacob A. Boston, who was an active photographer in Durango during that time; it was found with other early Durango photos, one of which was stamped on the back by the J. A. Boston photo studio. Possibly the Indians were there to perform a Dog Dance.|
|P 001 IV-02-22||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00140219Page.htm||The Weaver, Navajo portrait photo, 1930.
Toh-Atin Trading Company. Photographer: Pennington Studio (Durango,
|P 001 IV-03-09||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00140309Page.htm||Portrait of a Ute Indian man.
Undated. Photographer: W. R. Rowland (Durango, Colo.)
|P 001 IV-03-03||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00140303Page.htm||Dedication of Dominguez and Escalante Monument dedication group photo, 1946.|
P 001 I-07-02
|https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00110702Page.htm||Panoramic view of Durango, Colorado, undated.|
|P 001 I-07-01||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00110701Page.htm||Early view of the city of Durango (Colo.), 1885. This photo was taken up the hill from the intersection of 3rd Ave. and Florida Road looking west. In the foreground one can see the present day bridge of the D&SNGR and the Animas River. In the background 20-30 other houses and buildings can be seen. Half of St. Columba's Church is visible at extreme right. Railroad bridge in foreground.|
|2008:002.033||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/M194/M1941506FPage.htm||View of early Durango with Perins Peak in background and Gibson Lumber Company in the middle of the photo, undated.|
Graden Mercantile parade float on unpaved Main Avenue in early Durango, undated. Several men in hats are holding the four horses in harness. Postmarked (not legible) and mailed to Gertrude Broughton in Salt Lake City from Gus, with 1 cent stamp.
|2008:002.031||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/M194/M1941504FPage.htm||Overall view of the city of Durango, facing Smelter Mountain. Written on back and postmarked 1948 to Dr. and Mrs. G. P. Burdon in Clinton, Indiana from their daughter Mildred.|
Vol. 1, item #96
Photographed before the Durango Public Library was built in 1907. This postcard was mailed on 12/21/1908.
|2008:002.032||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/M194/M1941505FPage.htm||A view of railroad buildings etc., with the city of Durango visible in the distance and the smelter's low buildings in the foreground.|
|P 0561002; item # 2008:002.061||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P0561002Page.htm||Rocky Mt. Burro Express, 1884. Photo by F. S. Balster (Durango, Colo.). A sepia-toned cabinet card view of a burro hitched to a cart, in which the driver is seated, well dressed. In the background are some of the early structures of Durango, Colorado, including on bank building on Main Avenue.|
|D 00205086||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/D00205/D00205086Page.htm||Children standing in front of what they called the school bus (carriage) in Rockwood (Colo.) , 1922. Mary (Lechner) Moss is the little girl on the far left. The driver of the bus is her mother, Annie Lechner, and she is the partially hidden figure to Mary's left. Later, Mary would drive that bus. From L-R: Mary Lechner, her sister Leola, cousin Milton Lechner, partially hidden figure: Annie Lechner, mother of Mary and Leola, Walter Lechner, Arvila Tyler in cap, and Eddia Fiant. The horses are Nellie and Snookie. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Lechner||
|P 001 I-10-10||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00111010Page.htm||Snow on Main Ave. (Durango, Colo.). Three men wearing black suits are walking on a plowed sidewalk next to a large snow bank, in the Spring of 1926.|
|P 001 I-10-32||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00111032Page.htm||Large snow banks next to a street in Durango in the spring of 1962. This view is looking south.|
|P 001 I-01-17||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00110117Page.htm||Three men shoveling snow in front of a building, undated. Left to right: Ray Goodman, Zeke Brady, and Delaney.|
P 001 II-02-02
|https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00120202Page.htm||Durango canary birds, 1879-1881. Actually, this is Animas City (Colo.). The "Rocky Mountain Canary" is a donkey. In the foreground is a man on a burro, surrounding him are cattle. In the background are some building in Animas City.|
|P 0561001; item # 2008:002.060||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P0561001Page.htm||A sepia toned early view of two men (prospectors?) on the hillside (still vegetated at that time) above the smelter, looking north across the Animas River toward the city of Durango, Colorado, with the La Plata mountains in the background. The depot was completed circa January of 1882, so this was probably the late summer or early fall of 1881, several months after the train reached Durango. A cabinet card, a gift to the Center of Southwest Studies by Nina Heald Webber, 2007.|
|P018199401006003||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P018/P0181006003Page.htm||View of the smelters at Durango (in the distance), with the Animas River running along the left edge of the photo and a dirt road and railroad tracks crossing the river in the foreground. Possibly a photo by Jacob A. Boston, who was the active photographer in Durango during that time; it was found with other early Durango photos, one of which was stamped on the back by the J. A. Boston Photo Studio.|
|P018199401006004||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P018/P0181006004Page.htm||View of the smelters at Durango (in the distance), from directly across the Animas River (i.e., looking west). Smoke from the stacks is blowing toward the north/toward the city of Durango. Stamped on the back, J. A. Boston, Photographer, galleries at Durango and Silverton, Colo.|
|P 001 V-01-05||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00150105Page.htm||Crew at May Day Mine ((Hesperus, Colo.), undated.|
|P 001 V-01-06||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00150106Page.htm||Mining cabins at Trout Lake (Colo.), undated.|
|P 001 V-01-09||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00150109Page.htm||New snow on a mine in Southwest Colorado, undated.|
|P 001 V-01-17||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00150117Page.htm||Group portrait at Neglected Mine (near Durango, Colo.), July 4, 1910.|
|Negative #1500||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P042/P0421500Page.htm||Ore wagon, early 1900s. Photographer: Byers Photo (Montrose, Colo.). From a glass plate negative in the Walker Art Studio collection at the Center of Southwest Studies.|
|P01701003||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P017/P01701003Page.htm||Olga Little's mule train going over a hill, circa 1926/1956. Note the deep snow and how the rider lags behind the train.|
|P01701012||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P017/P01701012Page.htm||Olga Little's pack mules on the trail,
|P01701016||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P017/P01701016Page.htm||Parade of mules with Olga Little, circa 1926/1956.|
|P01701017||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P017/P01701017Page.htm||Olga Little and her mules pose by a railroad car, circa 1926/1956.|
M 238 Series 7 Box 10 Folder 30 Item 01
|https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/M238Lyons002.htm||Denver and Rio Grande Railroad group photo, circa 1893-1895, possibly in Durango. Undated cabinet card photoprint; gift to the Center of Southwest Studies by Alva Lyons (accession 1966:02224, in 1966).|
|P018199401006005||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P018/P0181006005Page.htm||View of a locomotive at the Animas River near the Needle Mountains, with a man fishing in the river to the right of the train. Two men are standing in the coal feeder of the engine.|
|P 001 I-07-21||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00110721Page.htm||Santa Rita (Durango, Colo.). This is a picture looking west across the present day Santa Rita Park. In this photo several dozen houses can be seen as well as the train tracks and the smelter. In the background is the hogback and Perins Peak.|
|P 001 III-02-31||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00130231Page.htm||Boston Coal & Fuel Co. (Durango, Colo.) Perins Peak locomotive and passengers|
|P 001 III-01-112||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00130112Page.htm||Denver & Rio Grande Railroad washout and derailment between Durango and Florida, 1934.|
|P 001 III-01-92||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00130192Page.htm||Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad snow scene at Mile Post 493 (Colo.)|
|P 001 III-01-150||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00130150Page.htm||Denver & Rio Grande Railroad depot (Durango, Colo.) in winter, circa 1930? - 1949.|
A. P. Camp's ranch house (Florida Mesa, Colo.), undated.
Calf branding, circa 1900/1930. Photographer: Byers Photo (Montrose, Colo.). From a glass plate negative in the Walker Art Studio collection at the Center of Southwest Studies.
|P 001 I-09-14||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/P001/P00110914Page.htm||La Plata County Cattlemen's Association Fiesta Days parade float (Durango, Colo.), 1955.|
|M 130 Box 5 Folder 15, Item1||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/M130/M130Box5Fol15001Page.htm||Horse race photo finish at the La Plata County Fairgrounds (Durango, Colo.), circa 1930/1950.|
|M 194, Vol. 1, item #197||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/M194/M1941197FPage.htm||Spanish Trails Fiesta horse race at the La Plata County Fairgrounds (Durango, Colo.), on a Sunday, circa 1954/1950. The first use of the photo-finish in a horse race was here, circa 1954.|
|M 194, Vol. 1, item #346||https://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/finding_aids/images/M194/M1941346FPage.htm||Bucking bronco at Spanish Trails Fiesta (Durango, Colo.). Sanborn Photo, circa 1930/1950.|
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