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The speaker is a 98-year-old White man with a grade school education from Trinidad, Colorado; he was recorded in 1967.



County: Las Animas
State: CO

Commentary:
The largest city in Las Animas County as well as the county seat, Trinidad is located on the Santa Fe Trail in southeastern Colorado, with a current population around 10,000. Coal mining was the major industry until the 1950s, when most of the mines closed and the industrial base shifted to agriculture, cattle, the railroad, and natural gas (coalbed methane wells). In this segment the speaker talks about his encounters with famous people, such as General Ulysses S. Grant and writer Damon Runyon (who lived in nearby Pueblo, Colorado).
FW: Mr. _____, did anyone famous come to Trinidad?

Inf: Well, I, as I, I remember General Grant coming to Trinidad. He first came to El Moro, Colorado. Governor Hunt, who was our territorial governor at that time, brought General Grant down to El Moro. And, the merchant of Trinidad, he-, hearing that he was at El Moro, uh, went down on horseback and brought General Grant up, and he had a reception in the old mixer block, which stood where the Masonic Temple now stands [FW: Mm-hmm]. I remember shaking hands with him, and in the long line of procession there. And ahead of me was an old lady by the name of Mrs. _____ who told the General that she???d lost two of her sons under his command. Just a minute. I also knew Damon Runyon as a young man. Eh, Runyon was born in Kansas, as I remember, and came to Denver and worked for, uh, Mr. Patterson on the Denver News. After which he came down to Pueblo and then to Trinidad and worked on the Morning Advertiser.

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