BHA.2015.1.1 - Photograph

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Catalog Number BHA.2015.1.1
Object Name Photograph
Title Mail carriers on wooden skis during the winter of the "Big Snow", Main Street, Breckenridge (Colo.)--1899
Collection Agnes Miner Collection
Description Jess Oakley and Eli Fletcher carry the mail down Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado during the "Big Snow" of 1898-1899. The men volunteered to ski over Boreas Pass to Como, where the Denver, South Park and Pacific (DSP&P) train had been stopped. From February 5 until April 24, heavy snowstorms prevented DSP&P from delivering mail, fresh food and other supplies to Breckenridge. Quoted from handwritten text 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
Web Rights
Credit line Agnes Miner Collection; BHA.2015.1; Gift of Colorado Springs Ghost Town Club. Courtesy Dr. Sandra F. Mather Archives, Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.

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