Center of Southwest Studies

Collection  P 018:
Historic photos from the Durango Public Library (Colo.)


Durangoans circle Ute Indians below the Longfellow School, |Durango, Colorado, circa Sept.-Oct. 1890. 
Photo possibly by J. A. Boston (Durango, Colo.)

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Durangoans circle Ute Indians below the Longfellow School, Durango, Colorado, circa September-October 1890 (according to writing on the frame). White people in wagons and carriages have circled tightly around a group of Ute individuals. Probably photographed from the upper story or roof of the school, looking west, on the east side of East 5th Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets. A two-story wooden-frame house is in the center of the photo; behind it are many other houses. 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.

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