Five Decades of Aspen History on Film

By The Editors | October 29, 2019 | Lifestyle

Miggs and Dick Durrance captured more than five decades of Aspen history on film. The collection was recently acquired by the Aspen Historical Society (620 W. Bleeker St.), where some images are currently on view until the spring. A snapshot of their work is previewed here.


Aspen Institute board President Robert O. Anderson and Barbara Anderson above the music school campus. This photo was taken the day the Institute gave this Castle Creek property to the Aspen Music Festival and School, July 11, 1965.


Aspen Skiing Corp. founder D.R.C. Brown Jr. with his daughter, Laurene, and Harold “Shorty” Pabst with his daughter, Ivy, 1955.


A picnic in the high country, circa 1955. Gary Cooper is on the right. His wife, Rocky Cooper, is to his right with her back to the camera, and their daughter, Maria, is to the left of Rocky.


A bronc rider in the Aspen rodeo, 1948. The rodeo was held where the Aspen Meadows are today.


Eleven-year-old Dick Durrance Jr. ski jumping on Little Nell ski run on Aspen Mountain, circa 1952


Ski pioneer Andre Roch measuring snow depth and avalanche conditions in 1947.


Photography by: Photos by Miggs and Dick Durrance, Courtesy of Aspen Historical Society