Looking back from June 8, 1934


Work has started on Steamboat's paving project

— Henry Haas, general foreman for the Ed Selander paving project in Steamboat Springs, has a crew of 30 men at work hauling rock from the pit on the Stees ranch to the vacant lots on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street. Trucks are dumping sand and gravel into the huge depression on this vacant property. The crusher will be installed there, and the mixing will be completed at this point for the entire project. There will be about 70 men employed as soon as the work is well under way.

A big gas-operated shovel is excavating the sand and rock for the trucks, and another shovel will be used to dig up the streets preparing for the laying of the concrete. There are eight teams busy now opening up a second pit.

From the east town limit, the cement will be 20 feet wide and will widen to 30 feet beginning at the bathhouse. Several blocks in the center will be paved the full width of the street. The 30-foot width will continue to the Cabin Hotel and then the concrete will narrow down to the 20-foot width. On both sides of the concrete, the street will be graveled, but that is a different project.

An immense tonnage of rock and sand will be required for the project. It is all to be screened and mixed in accurate proportions. The amount of cement needed is about 1.2 million pounds.

The vacant property on Lincoln and Seventh is an ideal spot for dumpage of rock and sand, the natural depression giving ample room for piling up the material.

Nearly 1 million rainbow trout are being hatched

Rainbows by the thousands - you can see them at the fish hatchery where Sam Stevens is taking care of them - 910,000 little wriggling bit of animation that eventually will be beautiful rainbow trout in the streams of Northwest Colorado. The eggs, secured from local streams, are hatching by the hundreds every day. It is an interesting sight to see them squirm tail first out of the shell. They are not then real fishes but more like a fish egg with a head and a tail. The egg yolk adheres to the underside of the tiny thread-like fish and gradually is absorbed.

When these quivering little wrigglers are about a month old, then Sam Stevens has how many mouths to feed? It takes a lot of food to keep them satisfied; they are voracious eaters and grow rapidly once they are placed in the ponds.


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