Museum of Northwest Colorado: Correction on a snowy scene

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In March, we ran a story featuring this photograph taken by Dr. Elmer Monahan incorrectly giving the address as 650 Yampa Ave.

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When Dr. Elmer Monahan first came to Craig, he lived in the Vanatta Apartments located at 660 Yampa Ave. Monahan, an amateur photographer, captured this image of a snowy Craig evening while he was living there.

  1. Thankfully, several Craig Daily Press readers contacted us at the Museum of Northwest Colorado to set the record straight. The structure, originally called the “Vanatta Apartments” and actually located at 660 Yampa Ave., was built in the summer of 1924. An advertisement, which ran in the newspaper on Jan. 1, 1925, claimed that it was the “first modern apartment house to be built in Craig.”

When Dr. Elmer Monahan first came to Craig, he lived in the Vanatta Apartments located at 660 Yampa Ave. Monahan, an amateur photographer, captured this image of a snowy Craig evening while he was living there.

Thankfully, several Craig Daily Press readers contacted us at the Museum of Northwest Colorado to set the record straight.

The structure, originally called the “Vanatta Apartments” and actually located at 660 Yampa Ave., was built in summer 1924.

An advertisement, which ran in the newspaper on Jan. 1, 1925, claimed that it was the “first modern apartment house to be built in Craig.”

Ed Vanatta, an attorney from Casper, Wyoming, came to Craig with his wife, Anna, in the spring of 1924. Lacking the modern-day impediments of government rules and regulations, Vanatta was able to plan and construct the new apartment building within just a matter of a few short months.

The newspaper reported Aug. 20 that Anna and Ed had moved into their own finished apartment unit, and that the other three units soon would be completed also.

Without a plethora of building codes and other legal hoops to jump through, the building was still crafted in a sturdy fashion. The Craig Lumber Company proudly boasted that it supplied all the materials for the project.

After the building’s completion, Vanatta considered it a great source of fresh air and exercise to maintain the grounds and building in his spare time.

It is unclear how long the Vanattas lived in Craig before leaving, but we do know they still were living in the apartments in 1939.

Well-constructed, the graceful two-story building has survived 90 years and is now on both the state and national registries of historic places. It still is a lovely building and adds to the charm of our old town residential area.

The museum appreciates all the images, which so many people have shared with us in the past. We also are appreciative of the readers who take the time to share their stories or knowledge about the photos.

If you have any photographs that you feel might be useful to documenting our history, please call the museum at 970-824-6360.

Mary Pat Dunn is the registrar for the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

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