September 16, 1910
Yours received. Come again. Yes will try and come over some of these lonesome Sundays and spend the day, but am going to expect you also. I get very lonesome no excitement, or no young people to cause any. Zell (?) (Jill?), Ted + baby are home visiting this week. Baby fine + dandy. _S
This site was first built upon by Spanish colonists in the 1600’s. The present house was completed in 1723, and may well be the oldest standing house in the United States. (St. Augustine, est. 1565, is considered the nation’s oldest city, but the house’s claim is rivaled by a Spanish house in Santa Fe and the Acoma Pueblo west of Albuquerque.) The house is significant for its traces of Spanish colonial, British colonial and turn-of-the-century American times. Thus the flags.
- The first inhabitants were the family of Tomas Gonzalez y Hernandez, who lived there from 1725-1873.
- The British controlled St. Augustine from 1763-84. In this period, in 1775, an English couple moved into the house, remaining through 1790.
- The house went Spanish again with the family of Geronimo Alvarez, 1790-1882. In recognition of the first two Spanish owners, it is called Gonzalez-Alvarez House.
- 1882-1911 saw three American families.
- From 1911-18, one George T. Reddington seems to have shared the estate with the South Beach Alligator Farm!
- After that, Gonzalez-Alvarez House became the property of the St. Augustine Historical Society.
Launched in 1869, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway seems to be the world’s first mountain-climbing train, and the only cog railway remaining east of the Rockies. It still takes passengers across a three-mile long trestle and up the steepest tracks in North America. There are more vintage postcards of the railway on the Mt. Washington Cog website under Cog History and Historic Photos.Built in 1929, the Royal Gorge Bridge remained the world’s highest bridge until 2001, when it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China. The Royal Gorge Bridge is 1,260 feet long and 18 feet wide.
Friday, April 14, 1963
We drove across this bridge today. Wonderful place for a good photographer Albert! Tomorrow we hope to see the Frank Martin’s near Estes Park and Grace L________ at Loveland. This is our first time in Colo. + what scenery! Were snowbound south of Colorado SPrings for 2 nites [sic.]. Love, Bev (?)