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
Collection Agnes Miner Collection
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".
Notes Possibly the sons of the widows who ran the boarding house on Ridge Street, called the Colorado House (as of 2015, Fatty's Restaurant). One of the boys was Justen G. "Jess" Oakley, son of Almeda Peabody Oakley. A contribution was collected for him in the amount of $12.00.
Date 1899
Place Breckenridge (Colo.)
Photographer Westerman, Otto
People Fletcher, Eli
Oakley, Justen G.
Event Big Snow of 1898-1899
Search Terms Denver Hotel
Subjects Buildings
Postal service
Postal service employees
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Credit line Agnes Miner Collection; Colorado Springs Ghost Town Club. Courtesy Dr. Sandra F. Mather Archives, Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.