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When the hard rains fell

When the hard rains fell

Most of the time, rain in Colorado is a good thing. With an annual average precipitation of only 14 – 17 inches, most of it falling in the mountains, this is a semiarid state.  But when heavy rains come, particularly during dry years, they can be deadly. Between 20 and 30 significant floods occur annually […]

The Trocadero at Elitch Gardens (1917-1975)

The Trocadero at Elitch Gardens (1917-1975)

Recreated for a special night on Saturday, August 27 Submitted by Anna Lee Ames Frohlich Flowers and dancing feet The soft perfumed air caressing the couples as they approach the bandstand The “Big Band” music quickening the spirits and melding couples together in the waltz and the foxtrot Everything speeding up with the swing A […]

A reservoir in the great American desert

A reservoir in the great American desert

In 2008 my first research adventure was to look for the Neponset ranch headquartered in Evanston, Wyoming from 1883 to 1918. It was owned by my great grandfather George F. Chapman and his partners, and it was much loved by my grandmother Beth Chapman. In Beth’s photo albums she always referred to the “ranch in […]

Memories and restoration of a 1906 Elmore

Memories and restoration of a 1906 Elmore

Awhile back, I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with Donald Vaughn of Golden, and hearing his beautiful story about a woman, an automobile, and his deep respect and affection for both. In 1991, Donald worked on Luella Thomas’s home, and during that time, they became great friends. Luella, then in her 70s, […]

A TAILING TALE – A Legend of the Yellow Rose

A TAILING TALE – A Legend of the Yellow Rose

Twenty-year-old Philip Penrose rode into Central City on an old mule named Daisy on an unusually warm day in June 1862. After months of traveling, he nearly burst with delight as he made his way through Black Hawk Pointe, passed noisy stamp mills, up the muddy incline toward his destination. Philip’s friends, Patrick and Thomas, […]

Tailing Tale of a Miners Wife

Tailing Tale of a Miners Wife

The nineteenth-century gold rushes opened not only new physical and political frontiers for the United States, but also very personal ones for the people who partook in them. This was certainly the case for Nancie Colburn Hartford, who in September 1860, left her home in Maine and headed west by railroad and stagecoach to meet […]

The Murder of Joseph Roma

The Murder of Joseph Roma

During the 1930s, the entire country was facing a real crime crisis. It was era of the Great Depression. The horrible economy, following the stock market crash of 1929, offered very few opportunities for employment. In this environment crime rose to epidemic proportions. The crimes of John Dillinger, Al Capone, “Pretty Boy” Floyd and Bonnie […]

A TAILING TALE- Train Ride from Denver to Central City

A TAILING TALE- Train Ride from Denver to Central City

In 1885, two passenger trains, running narrow gauge cars, ran daily between Denver and the mountain cities, passing through Golden. One train left in the morning and one in the afternoon. The following excerpts are taken from George Cruffuts narrative Grip Sack Guide to Colorado, published in 1885, where he shared his experiences aboard the […]

Martin Moves the Old House

Martin Moves the Old House

This week’s tale comes from George Nelson of Littleton as heard and transcribed by Becky Crozier of Golden. In 1872, Ignatus Gundy and his brother built a house in Queens Chair in the Quartz Valley. In the mid 1950’s, George’s father, Martin Nelson, purchased that home from the daughter of Sammy Thomas. The property held […]

TAILING TALE- Dory Hill Cemetery

TAILING TALE- Dory Hill Cemetery

Becky Crozier of Golden, contacted me awhile back and asked about submitting a story about the moving of a historical home in Gilpin County. Becky works with George Nelson, currently of Littleton, compiling his memoirs. One of his stories includes his father, Martin Nelson, moving his historical home from Queens Chair in Quartz Valley to […]

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