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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 […]

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS- The Sheepman and the Cowmen

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS- The Sheepman and the Cowmen

“The farmer and the cowman should be friends. Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends. One man likes to push a plough, the other likes to chase a cow, But that’s no reason why they can’t be friends.” This is the opening phrase from the song “The Farmer and the Cowman” in the […]

Medicine Water – Leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers

Medicine Water – Leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers

On the High Plains, near the Bunch of Trees, also known as the Smoky Hill River, the Tse-Tsehese-Staestse, Cheyenne for “The People,” followed their leader, Mi-Huh-You-I-Nup, Medicine Water. The warriors, known as “Dog Soldiers,” had led many of the survivors of the horrific massacre at Sand Creek north to the Smoky Hill River. Included among […]

A TAILING TALE – Heidi Chalet has tales to tell

A TAILING TALE – Heidi Chalet has tales to tell

Some time back, I had an opportunity to sit down with Roxie Morris at her home in the Heidi Chalet, which is located in the forest north of Black Hawk. Roxie purchased the property several years ago and says she fell in love with the home and its history the first time she saw it. […]

TRAIL’S END – Denver’s own crime stopper Philip Van Cise

TRAIL’S END – Denver’s own crime stopper Philip Van Cise

Philip Van Cise was born on October 25, 1884, in South Dakota, to Edwin and Adele Van Cise, where Edwin Van Cise was a practicing attorney. It was here, following the massacre at Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890, Edwin Van Cise served as one of the prosecuting attorneys during the trials. Ten years later, in […]

A TAILING TALE – All aboard the Butterfield stage

A TAILING TALE – All aboard the Butterfield stage

Step into the past at the Stage Stop in Rollinsville. It is the late 1860’s and you boarded the Butterfield stage in St. Louis, Missouri. The Toll Gate Barn is a welcome, though brief, respite on your way to your destination in San Francisco. Following a meal of venison steak, bread and tea, you return […]

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