Dirt Dump for Hill Gang [graphic]
|Title||Dirt Dump for Hill Gang [graphic]|
Photograph shows rocky ground everywhere; middle ground shows large, even ridge of dirt with train cars at crest dumping dirt over the edge or ridge; guard tower in center; trees, hill in background; written along bottom: "Dirt Dump for Hill Gang" and "4-30-32".
Roy Phelix Best (1900-1954) was Special Deputy Warden of the Colorado State Penitentiary prior to being appointed warden by Governor William Adams in mid-1932. Best came to Canon City after the destructive prison riots of 1929. He was given the responsibility of replacing almost the entire physical plant. He has been given credit for rebuilding the buildings at minimal cost to taxpayers. He also created a nationally respected industrial system which employed most of the prisoners under his care. His overall policy was "discipline without tryanny" and "No work, no play". This album of 111 black and white photographs is part of a collection of prison- related manuscript materials recovered from their storage in a tunnel under the prison buildings. The photographs document construction and activities of the prison during the first two years of Roy Best's time as warden.
Prisoners created the dirt hill in photo while they were excavating the hill. Digital image created from copy negative.
1 negative : ill. b&w ; 5 in. x 4 in. 1 original : ill. b&w ; 9 7/8 in. x 3 3/8 in. (25.2 cm x 8.6 cm)
|Subject||Best, Roy P.|
Colorado State Penitentiary.
Prisons Colorado Department of Corrections. sears Prisons, Construction of Ca?non City, CO. sears Prison labor. sears
Canon City (Colo.) sears Fremont County (Colo.) sears
Photograph. Photographic. LHC Digital P88.019.004.025.
|Publisher||Canon City Public Library|
|Rights||Restrictions: See LHC director.|
|Citation||"Dirt Dump for Hill Gang [graphic]," in Heritage West, Item #51326, http://heritagewest.coalliance.org/items/show/51326 (accessed December 6, 2013).|