Telluride A Silver Past, A Golden Future

Susan Dalton

Published by Editions du Signe
ISBN 10: 2746830922 / ISBN 13: 9782746830929
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Synopsis: Telluride: A Silver Past, a Golden Future tells the story of the transformation of a pure and pristine valley into a 21st century resort destination. An eclectic assortment of graphics including antique prints, historical photos, old paper memorabilia, paintings, and vintage postcards illustrate this metamorphosis. Inside this book, there are recollections from old-time residents, myths that have been handed down through generations, and photographs that document the life, work and pastimes of the people who settled in Telluride. This story is colorful, filled with daring prospectors, hard-working immigrants, and painted ladies from its mining days. Skiing began as a utilitarian method of getting around in the snow, brought to Telluride by its Scandinavian settlers. It became a recreation for a small isolated community, located in a spectacular box canyon surrounded by soaring mountain peaks. As time moved forward, skiing became the hope for a golden future. Creation of the Telluride Ski Resort has established the town as one of the top ski destinations in the U.S. In addition, Telluride has become a venue for many well-respected and well-attended festivals during the summer months. An extra: Inside you will find 18 postcards to pull out, send to friends, or share with family. They will help you to remember Telluride.

About the Author: Susan Dalton (née Jakust) was born in Detroit, Michigan, and was raised in the surrounding region to Detroit. She graduated from Denison Unversity, in 1973 with B.A. in French. As a Telluride resident, she has always been very interested in the history of the small town of Telluride. She is, by nature, reverent of her ancestors that came before us. Because she comes from Finnish people who first came to the U.S. to work in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she shares a similar history with people still living in Telluride who are descended from some of the original founding families. Her great-grandfather was a copper miner, and her great-grandmother was a cook in a lumber camp. Like many Finnish women in Telluride, she ran a boarding house for Finnish immigrants when she and great-grandfather moved down to Detroit. Her mother started her life in that boarding house as a new baby in 1925. Discovering the history of a town is much like discovering the history of our ancestors. Facts, common regional history, and personal stories all combine to form a pretty good picture of life in the past. To be able to tell that story primarily through graphic design has been a very exciting journey for Susan. She was able to draw on her own collection for many of the images. She also needs to thank and recognize other members of the Telluride community who shared images from their collections for this publication. The Telluride Museum is also recognized and thanked for sharing its wonderful archive of historical photos for this book.

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Title: Telluride A Silver Past, A Golden Future
Publisher: Editions du Signe
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: VERY GOOD

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