Bob Rush Collection

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Bob Rush, prominent Salida attorney, had a large collection of framed photographs that adorned his office. He graciously donated his collection to the Salida Library.

1st and F Salida, CO
1st & F

1st National Bank 2nd & F
First National Bank.

1st st F&G
1st St. at F & G.

2nd and F
2nd & F.

2nd Block of G st
Second block of G St.

A Bar on 1st St
A bar on 1st St.

a few blocks from The Arkansas River
A few blocks from the Arkansas River.

Across for RR tracks was pool hall
Pool hall across from the railroad tracks.

after 1888 fire from so of town
Aftermath of the 1886 fire that devastated downtown. View is from south of town.

Alpine Park a
Girls Drum Corps, Alpine Park, 1911.

Alpine Park B
The Salida Band.

Alpine Park, July 4, 1903.

Alpine Park parade
Alpine Park parade.

AMERICAN LEGION BAND in front of courthouse 1930's
American Legion Band in front of the courthouse, ca. 1930s.

Amica's next to the Elks Club
This is 117 W. 2nd Street in Salida. This building is no longer standing. The current location is in the parking lot of Pueblo Bank and Trust and was probably the place of business of William W. Roller, whose specialty included real estate, rental properties, and loans.

Argys Brothers Garage Salida, CO E 1st St.
Argys Bros. Garage on E. 1st St.

Arkansas River
Arkansas River looking towards the Sangre de Cristos.

Bateman Hardware on F St.

Bert and Tom's Post Shell 291
Bert and Tom’s Shell Station on Hwy 291.

1st national bank 2nd & F (2)
First National Bank at 2nd & F.

Brick Making on CR 107
Brick making on C.R. 107.

Capital Hotel
The Capitol Hotel

churches 4th & D
Churches at 4th & D.

Corner of 1st between F&G a
Corner of 1st between F & G.

Corner of 1st between F&G B
Corner of 1st between F & G.

crew prior to 1915 DRGW
Denver & Rio Grande Western crew prior to 1915.

Denton Hotel on 1st and E Torn down in 1930's
Denton Hotel on 1st & E. Torn down in the 1930s.

Panorama of downtown Salida.

Dr C Rex Fuller Cheif Surgeon
Dr. C. Rex Fuller, chief surgeon.
Dr. Fuller’s obituary

Elks Club
Elks Club at 2nd & E.

F & 3rd
F & 3rd.

Fire dept b
Salida Fire Department.

Fire Dept on E St.
Salida Fire Department on E St.

Fire dept
Firefighters with dog and litter.

Frantzhurst Trout Farm top Horace Frantz wwife &son
Frantzhurst Trout Farm; at top, Horace Frantz with wife and son.

Frantzhurst Truck
Frantzhurst truck.

Haight and Churcher furniture store and undertaking on 1st St.

G st
Near the corner of 1st and E Streets.

Goetthelf & Mayer Bldg Saguache
Gotthelf and Mayer building in Saguache, Colo.

golden west bar
Golden Gate tavern, 132 W. 1st.

Honor roll
B.P.O.E. Chaffee County Honor Roll.

1st & E; Denton Hotel in background.

india grill
The India Grill, 135 F St.

Leonora 2nd and F
The Leonora at 2nd & F.

liquor dealer, later coca cocal dealer
W.S. Edwards, Wholesale Liquor Dealer, 225 W. 1st. Edwards was proprietor of the Salida Bottling Co.

Lower F st Scotty Buchanan Tailor
William ‘Scotty’ Buchanan’s tailor shop at 115 lower F. Buchanan was also mayor of Salida.

The Monte Cristo Hotel, opposite the depot.

monte cristo hotel
The Monte Cristo Hotel.

ORIGINAL 1st National Bank 2nd & F
First National Bank at 2nd & F.

Oxfords on Hwy 50
Oxford’s Drive-In Market on Rainbow Boulevard.

Palace Hotel
The Palace Hotel

Panoramic 1
Salida, Colo. Methodist Mountain in the distance.

Panoramic 2
Salida, Colo.

parade 2nd & F
Parade, 2nd & F.

Parade 3rd & F     Salida, CO OCT 1907 parade A
I.O.O.F. Parade, Oct. 15, 1907. Photo taken at 3rd & F.


red cross hopsital 3rd & g
Red Cross Hospital, 3rd & G.

red cross hospital 1st and G
Red Cross Hospital.

Rio Grande Hospital     Rio grande hospital before fire
Denver & Rio Grande Hospital; present location of the Touber Building.

Rio Grande Hospital after Fire
Denver & Rio Grande Hospital, after the fire.

Rio Grande Hospital after the fire     rio grande hospital after fire (2)
Denver & Rio Grande Hospital, rebuilt.

Rio Grande RR Station A
Rio Grande Railroad Depot, at the Lower F turnaround.

Ruins D&RGRR Fire 12-11-1892 Salida
Ruins, D. & R.G.R.R. fire. Dec. 11, 1892.

Salida Roundhouse 1905
The Roundhouse ca. 1905.

rr 1880's
Salida ca. 1880s.

RR Office Bob Pierce in bow tie
Denver & Rio Grande Railroad office. Bob Pierce is wearing the bow tie.

RR Salida, Colorado
Colorado & Southern #30.

Sacket Ave
Ready for the parade out on Sackett Ave.

salida business
Unknown Salida business.

Salida Depot     Salida Depot (2)
Denver & Rio Grande depot, lower F St.

Salida from Tenderfoot Mnt
Salida from Tenderfoot Mountain.

Salida Granite Company - now Hyltons
Salida Granite Company, 348 H St.

Salida High School Band in the Salida High gymnasium, 1930s.

Salida Hospital
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center. Previously was the Denver & Rio Grande Hospital, present location of the Touber Building.

Salida Library
Salida Regional Library prior to the addition being built in 1997.

Salida Lumber Company G&2nd
The Salida Lumber Co. at 2nd & G Streets; the current location of Safeway.

Salida west of the depot. The Edison Electric Light Plant is visible and the Denver & Rio Grande stockyards.

The smelter.


Smeltertown panorama.

standng is Web and Corbin bldg
Peter Mulvany presumably among the ruins of the Big Fire, Jan. 2, 1888. Peter Mulvany’s hotel burned to the ground, and fire took out buildings a half a block in every direction. This photo is looking towards the west. The Hot Springs Livery was based at 2nd and G Streets.

Unknown group.

Denver & Rio Grande depot, Tenderfoot Hill, Nov. 20, 1895.

This hunting outfit is headed out of Buena Vista in about 1879.

Downtown Salida.

Ute Pass, Rainbow Falls, Manitou Springs, Colo.

Arkansas River.

Vaughns 2nd & G st a     Vaughns 2nd & G st B     Vaughns 2nd & G st C

Vaughns 2nd & G st D     Vaughns
Vaughn’s Wholesale & Retail Feed and Produce at 126 G St.

Volunteer Firemand E. 1st Street
Volunteer Fire Brigade on E. 1st St.

Water Delivery
Salida water delivery.

West 1st Street
Salida Wrecking Co. on W. 1st St.

West 2 at F&G RR offices
Railroad offices at W. 2nd between F & G.

West 2nd St
W.C. Keim, Decorator on W. 2nd.


The following seven images are in the Bob Rush Collection and are reproduced with permission of Denver Public Library. You may purchase these from DPL’s Western History Collection through this link.

2nd & F
2nd & F.

AFTER 1900
Photo taken after 1900.

Photo taken after 1900.

D&RG Hospital
Denver & Rio Grande Hospital.

Christmas at the Episcopal Church.

SALIDA AFTER 1900 (2)     Salida after 1900
Salida after 1900.


The following photos were unframed and kept in a binder:

3 gmcs

492 wreck


best steam laundry



class photo

coca cola bottling


dj kramer best

don't sit


easter sunday 47
Easter Sunday, 1947


fairplay church
Church, possibly in Fairplay, Colo.

Fairplay, Colo.

freight office

g. vaughn store
George Vaughn’s store, 1920

m. wright l. vaughn
Lester Vaughn and Margaret Wright

Royal Gorge with ‘hanging bridge’ in background

happy office workers

indian grill



main street st elmo
Main Street in St. Elmo, Colo.

st elmo aerial
St. Elmo, Colo.

moose rooming

opp Indian Grill
130 & 132 F St., Salida, Colo.

princeton hot spgs
Mt. Princeton Hot Springs

princeton hot spgs 2

salida 1889
Salida, Colorado – 1889

salida depot
R.V. Pierce, ticket clerk at the Salida Depot

salida's finest

sherman coffee shop


the right place

tom rwin

Two Hats_0001

y&r auto co

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