From the Publisher
I have read this book many times and have edited it as the publisher and editor. This is the most complete history of Aspen available and has been a best seller for 10 years in the Aspen area. The new edition brings the tale of Aspen, one of the most unique towns in the U.S., up to the new century, and shows with even more detail how the town arrived at its current place in the sun, and what the cost has been.
From the Back Cover
Aspen, Colorado, where miners once covered the surrounding mountains searching for silver, is now world-famous as a ski resort and a cultural and intellectual center. In mining days, the town's citizens strapped on twelve-foot Norwegian snowshoes to get around in the winter. Many of the residents concentrated on the more civilized aspects of life, while others looked for riches. Years later, these riches were found in the snow that covered mine-pocked Aspen Mountain. At the same time, many of the elite from the East and Midwest created a cultural haven as they pursued the fulfillment of their dreams in this progressive Rocky Mountain town. The freethinking, independent nature of the citizens of Aspen has not changed, and the Aspen of today remains a vital, trend-setting community.
A History of Aspen recounts the saga of Aspen and the role of its leading citizens as Aspen roller-coasted from a thriving mining town and Colorado's third largest city, through a period of quiet, to its current place in the sun.