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Cruising to judgment

Cruising to judgment

I have my radio cranked up. I’m singing at the top of my lungs, cruising down the interstate. Then a black pickup whizzes by me, pulls back into the right-hand lane and slows down, like the driver just forgot what he was doing. I hate it when people do that. I holler at him, “Don’t […]

George Crofutt’s observations of Gilpin County (1885)

George Crofutt’s observations of Gilpin County (1885)

Gilpin County, of which Central is the commercial center, is the oldest and perhaps the best developed mining portion of the state of Colorado. Its population is 7,000. The veins hereabouts are all true fissures, and there are many shafts down to the depths of 700 to 1,800 feet. The people are generally prosperous; some […]

Rededicating the Ames Monument

Rededicating the Ames Monument

By Anna Lee Frohlich  On Nov. 26, 1882 a group of people stood on the top of Sherman Hill above the Union Pacific railroad town of Sherman, Wyoming. They were there, braving the cold, to honor and dedicate the recently finished Ames Monument which was on the pass between Cheyenne and Laramie.They stood at the […]

Poker has become a big-time sport

Poker has become a big-time sport

I’ve been enjoying recent poker columns in The Gambler and have played a few times at a friend’s house.  Along with the poker, the hosts provide a great assortment of pizza and nibbles that make the evening very entertaining. A second great option of this home game is that losers start a “cash game”. So, […]

Dinosaur Ridge

Dinosaur Ridge

  By Linda Wommack Ancient dinosaur prints and fossils have been found in the area known as Dinosaur Ridge for hundreds of years. In 1975, Dinosaur Ridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The following year the adjacent land, including the historic 1861 Rooney Ranch, was certified as a Jefferson County Landmark. […]

Hotel Hauntings

Hotel Hauntings

Of all the hotels in Colorado only 30 have achieved a listing on at least one, if not all categories of preservation status, including: 1) Listed with the National Register of Historic Places, 2) Listed with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 3) Listed with Colorado Preservation, Inc., or 4) Listed with city or county […]

The Colorado Diamond Mine

The Colorado Diamond Mine

Diamonds are forever, so says the DeBeers Diamond Industry’s advertisements. Diamonds are considered the premier mineral, the ultimate proof of a man’s love; while gold, the coin of the realm, comes in a distant second. The first diamond in Colorado was found accidentally at a U.S. Geological Survey lab in Lakewood in 1975. Some kimberlite, […]

A Tailing Tale of the Musgrove-Franklin Gang

A Tailing Tale of the Musgrove-Franklin Gang

November 25, 1868 – Wrapped in the chilly darkness of night, Sam Dougan stands in the back doorway of the Jack Hill Saloon. Dougan, a member of the Musgrove-Franklin Gang, is wanted for a series of robberies in Denver and mining towns to the north. As he anxiously awaits the return of his friend Miles […]

And the Oscar Goes To…

And the Oscar Goes To…

It’s amazing! A handsome fella leaps off a speeding train onto the back of a galloping horse at the very moment the train explodes. But that’s not the amazing part. He’s got one leg in a cast, he’s carrying the wounded train engineer and he’s being pursued by masked gunmen. That’s not the amazing part […]

Karma Kraps

Karma Kraps

As I explained in my last chapter, the odds associated with the game of craps and what actually happens over a couple hours of playing are completely different. Sure, the odds of rolling the bad number are one in six, but I have been at tables and have rolled over 60 times without that number […]