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Oral History: Rudy and Esther Verzuh

[caption id="attachment_4584" align="aligncenter" width="319"] Donated by Tom and Nancy (Verzuh) Speedy standing Rose Verzuh, Mary, Mie, Fanny, Rudy Seated Emmy, Frances (mother), Martin (son), Martin (fatehr), jay[/caption] Rudy Verzuh was born in Crested Butte in 1909 and was one of eight kids, Rose, Mary, Mie, Fanny, Emmy, Martin, and Jay. Rudy and his siblings worked…
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Summer Speaker Series Kickoff: Betty Pellet

The Summer Speaker Series starts off on Thursday June 30th with the presentation   HerStory. Terri Helm will impersonate a character while bringing history into play. The goal of HerStory is to highlight the very important role played by women in history. (more…)
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Discovering the Real Al Johnson

LOOKING FOR AL - Discovering the Real Al Johnson, the Heroic Mail Carrier, and on at least one Occasion the Female Impersonating, Downhill Champion of the 1880's -Written by Michael Callihan Google the phrase “Al Johnson Race costumes” and you'll find photos of skiers at Colorado's Crested Butte ski area dressed in costumes ranging from…
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No Ghost Town

As the month of March gets going, we are all reminded of two things. First, the most obvious, are all the visitors who choose this beautiful area to explore with their families. The second most prevalent thought in our heads is the upcoming off season and the closing of the ski area. Flauschink is only a couple of weeks away, at which point we spend some time with George Sibley and Duane Vandenbusche remembering the humble beginnings of the Crested Butte Ski Area, along with celebrating the “Has-Been’s,” while crowning new royalty.
When the community gets together and begins to reminisce, there is this notion of a “quiet” period in the history of this area. Often it gets repeated that only 250 people lived here year round after 1952 when the Big Mine closed, which alludes to the notorious idea that Crested Butte was a ghost town until recently.

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