Maroon Creek Bridge Dedication Ceremony
Historic Marker Will Commemorate Bridge
Contact: Amy Guthrie, Historic Preservation Officer, City of Aspen, 429-2758 or email@example.com
Aspen, CO – September 5, 2012– The City of Aspen in conjunction with local historian and former City Council member Jim Markalunas and the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners are dedicating a historical marker related to the original Maroon Creek Bridge on Monday, September 10th at noon. The marker describes the importance of the arrival of railroad service to Aspen in 1888, and the subsequent use of the bridge for automobile traffic. September 10th is the 83rd anniversary of Aspen pioneer D.R.C. Brown, Sr.’s purchase of the bridge from the Colorado Midland Railroad. Brown donated this valuable structure to the County at no cost, allowing it to become a part of the highway system so necessary to the community.
Aspen local Ruthie Brown’s grandfather was D.R.C. Brown Sr. “It’s inspirational that a private citizen can contribute in the way my grandfather did, to purchase something like this bridge with his personal funds and then donate it to the community for the good of the people. Our grandfather helped build, in an entrepreneurial spirit, a thriving economy in a small community that became world renowned,” she said.
City of Aspen Community Development and Parks Department staff worked with former City Council member and Aspen resident Jim Markalunas, the Aspen Historical Society, and Ruthie Brown to develop a design for the marker. The Maroon Creek Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The new marker will be located on the northwest side of the tennis courts along Chatfield trail and was jointly funded by City Community Development and Jim Markalunas.
“Community Development appreciates Jim Markalunas’ dedication to the importance of remembering Aspen’s stories. This bridge has been in place for 124 years and has allowed traffic, first trains then cars and now pedestrians and bikes to flow in and out of Aspen,” said Amy Guthrie, Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Aspen.
Jim Markalunas and members of the Brown family will make brief remarks at the ceremony on Monday.