BHA.2015.1.1 - Photograph

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Catalog Number BHA.2015.1.1
Object Name Photograph
Title Mail carriers on wooden skis, winter of the Big Snow, Main Street, Breckenridge (Colo.)--1899
Description Photograph by Otto Westerman shows two men carry the mail by "snowshoe" (wooden skis) on Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado, during the winter of the Big Snow of 1898-1899. One of the men is Justen G. "Jess" Oakley, the other is Eli Fletcher. They each hold a long wooden pole used for balance and to brake on descent. A dog sits in the deep snow nearby. In the background can be seen the false-front buildings that line the west side of the street, including the Denver Hotel with its ornate portico almost buried by snow. Handwritten on the reverse: "US mail via snow shoe winter of the 78 day blockade".
Collection Agnes Miner Collection
Date 1899
Photographer Westerman, Otto
Event Big Snow of 1898-1899
Place Breckenridge (Colo.)
People Fletcher, Eli
Oakley, Justen G.
Search Terms Denver Hotel
Subjects Buildings
Postal service
Postal service employees
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