This is a Fine Art photo of the new digitally Restored Version of this old Carbondale Welcoming Sign, taken in March of 1995.
This sign holds the memory of a much more innocent, slow paced time. Carbondale was named after Carbondale, Pennsylvania, settlers moved to this area in the early 20th century. It was mainly a coal mining town and a agricultural center for growing potatoes, of which the Red McClure is one of the most renown. In 1981 there was a devastating mine disaster and 15 coal miners lost their lives, so the Mid Continent Mine was closed forever in 1991. Potatoes gave way to housing developments and soon Carbondale was a Bed Room community for Aspen's working class. But for the most part, it is certainly worth the hour commute to work; Carbondale is surrounded by the rugged beauty of Mt. Sopris mountain which stands majestically for all to see, her magnificence changes on the hour do to the light from the sun or the moon, her 12,953ft crown Carbondale with unimaginable splendor. Adding to Carbondale's pleasurable sights is the Crystal River Valley that snakes it way along the shale mountain lined road and river, accentuated with a variety of climax forests and lumbering Ever Greens. Carbondale is definitely a Rocky Mountain treasure, something to see and to be experienced.
ANTIQUE! For those who have lived in Carbondale for years, you will remember the first WELCOME sign. You need this one on your wall.