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Letter from Dorothy Avery to Finnigan, circa 1944

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Object ID: WV0204.4.015

Description: Avery, who is in Colorado, writes about a visit to Black Hawk and Central City, Colorado, over the weekend.

Creator: Dorothy Avery

Biographical Info: Dorothy Avery (1917-1999) was a pilot in the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) from 1943-1944, then worked as an inspector for Navy-Lockheed Service Center.

Collection: Dorothy Avery Papers

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Full Text: Hi Finny

What gives out that thar [sic] way anyhoo [sic] - No hear for long time.

Do you have as beautiful weather as we do - The sky so blue and the sun so bright. In late afternoon pretty big white clouds - long light eve's course you can't watch the sun set over the rockies into Calif. like I can.

This month I go on swing shift. The nights are just right never need a coat. So I can get a tan in the day time between looking for apts. Course already I'm at least 2 shades darker than anyone here and usually 7 or 8 shades darker.

Had a real interesting day yesterday Sunday. Went up to Central City which is one of the very first towns in Colorado. On the way up we went through Black Hawk about a mi below Central C. Gosh talk about your old western gost [sic] towns. They are way back in the rockies. Well they seem to be.

Old rickety buildings - saloons jails, court houses etc. Bullet holes and shacks of wild days. Course only about 50 people live in Black Hawk now. Betty's Grandmother and her Grandmothers two sisters, live there. Real old houses. No modern conveniences- privys [sic] up on the hill- She is 82 and has lived there for 65 years. She comes to Denver usually in the winter and dresses quite modern and knows all the modern ways but still likes it up there on the side of a mt. in the gost [sic] mining town. Central City is just as old & quaint. Old opera house and saloons- High ceilings, big mirrors & chandalliers [sic]- and we saw the Famous Face on the Bar Room Floor in one of the old saloons.

All in all it was certainly an interesting Historical trip. Some of those canyons and gulches deep in the Rockies with their big rushing streams are beautifull [sic]. You look up shear rock mts, and go through narrow canyons.

Thats the first good week end I have had here. Have been down to Colorado Springs several times but not for long enough time to go up on Pikes Peak. Will make it yet.

So for now lil chum I must close and high[?] myself off to work. Lets hear[?] huh

Love Dottie