Ghost on Skis

Just before it became a ghost in 1894, the crowded, rough mining town of Aspen, Colo, had a last burst of excitement. From Smuggler Mine on a nearby slope, prospectors took out a nugget of almost pure silver weighing 2,060 pounds.

Last week, after years of deathlike quiet, the boarded-up ghost town had stirred in its creaking coffin—and emerged into a new life. In a three-day-long celebration, Aspen (pop. 1,500) marked its rebirth as a skiing center. Colorado's Governor Lee Knous gave Edith Robinson, daughter of Aspenjs mayor, a push off to open the is,000-ft. ski tow, longest in the...

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