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Telluride: 1940

Telluride: 1940

September 1940. "Dilapidated buildings at Telluride, Colorado." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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On the more ornate building there a few nests above the girl. I will guess they are from wasps but the opening looks different than what I usually see.

[Those are swallow nests. Made by birds, not bees. - Dave]

Been to Telluride

It's come up in the world.

Google and Bing say "no"

I thought it would be interesting to see if these buildings survived the "gentrification" of Telluride after it became a ski resort, however, neither Bing nor Google maps have street view in Telluride. Hard to believe, but true.

Except for one small strip of Colorado Avenue (about a block) Google does not show any streetviews for Telluride in my Google in Indiana. Yet I see one below. WTF Google in Indiana?

Phoenix Bean

This building looks to me like the current Phoenix Bean coffee shop (image below). It was originally a hardware store.

[This is the building to the left, with the SHERIDAN BEER sign in the window. - Dave]

705 is really 205

The address sign that looks to me like "705" is probably really "205." As in 205 E. Colorado Avenue. The vacant building with the suspicious young lady sitting in front is now gone, and they seem to have raised the street level, but the shop to the left is still there. In the 2014 Google view it's the "Telluride Music Co." but appears to be a cafe now. You might still be able to get a Big Smile there, but these days that might mean putting something... different in your pipe.

This Property is Condemned. Part One

Just needs a leading man in the scene. Replayed everywhere in the USA.

It's all in how you say it

A certain conductor, as his Rio Grande Southern train approached the town, would go through the coach and announce the next stop as, "To Hell You Ride".

Our young damsel in the photo looks like she'd rather be somewhere else. Hope she's in a better place now.

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