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A few strange facts about Thanksgiving

A few strange facts about Thanksgiving

  On Nov. 27, most of us will sit down to a “traditional” Thanksgiving menu – roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin or sweet potato pie and the ubiquitous green bean casserole.  Some will watch football, some will play games, and many will take a nap. What follows are a few […]

Trail’s End – Let’s talk turkeys and the poultry farms of Lakewood

Trail’s End – Let’s talk turkeys and the poultry farms of Lakewood

Today a burgeoning suburb, Lakewood sprouted from agricultural origins and for several decades reigned as a leading poultry producer. A few people still remember the day when the rural area was covered with vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, hayfields and dairy operations. Lakewood’s poultry farming became possibly the city’s longest lasting agricultural enterprise. One of the […]

Trail’s End – Lawmen and the Lawless

Trail’s End – Lawmen and the Lawless

In the closing years of the 19th century, Colorado faced economic doom and gloom. It all changed when a new gold rush revived the state in a little known area on the south side of Pikes Peak. In October 1890, a roaming cowpoke, Bob Womack, discovered an abundance of gold float in the low-flowing waters […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Making the Great American Desert a Myth

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Making the Great American Desert a Myth

When the Union Pacific Railroad was being built from Omaha to Promontory Summit, the company was dependent of the sale of bonds to have enough money to continue the venture. The sections of land on either side of the tracks that were credited to the railroad could have bonds issued against them as the government […]

Halloween through the ages

Halloween through the ages

By Rosemary Fetter The ancient Celts of the British Isles, particularly Ireland, held sway over the people in the centuries before the Roman Invasion. Pagan in nature, their two main feasts were Beltane at the beginning of summer (May 1) and Samhain (sow-an), which marked the final harvest, a transition between summer and winter, light […]

Trail’s End – John Brisben Walker pioneered Denver’s entertainment industry

Trail’s End – John Brisben Walker pioneered Denver’s entertainment industry

By Rosemary Fetter A creative visionary who swept in and out of local history for more than half a century, John Brisben Walker, Sr. did more for Denver than many others whose names are etched on city streets, parks and buildings. Although some of his projects failed or developed into more grandiose schemes for which […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Settling the Land

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Settling the Land

When discussing how western lands were settled after 1862, it is necessary to understand the effect of the Pacific Rail Road Act of that year and the subsequent one of 1864. Abraham Lincoln signed both of these acts because he felt that a transcontinental railroad was critical to keep California in the Union during the […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: The Chapmans

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: The Chapmans

There are many wonderful western stories in my family’s history. The dearest to my heart has always been the story of my family’s ranch in Wyoming and Utah. To understand why the Chapman brothers George Frederic, my great grandfather, and his younger brother James Edwin as well as their brothers Oliver Everett and William Otis, […]

Trial’s End – Colorado Colors

Trial’s End – Colorado Colors

Guanella Pass Scenic Byway As a Colorado native, I have taken many mountain drives during the aspen season since I was a child. All are beautiful, all over the state.  However, an often-overlooked scenic drive is just an hour from Denver, and perhaps one of the most colorful. The Guanella Pass Scenic Byway can be […]

Colorado History – Visit the Schweiger Ranch for a taste of Douglas County history

Colorado History – Visit the Schweiger Ranch for a taste of Douglas County history

By Rosemary Fetter The Ridgegate development in Douglas County lies at the far southern edge of the City of Lone Tree, where cattle once grazed and jackrabbits and prairie dogs proliferated. Now a bustling community a few miles south of Park Meadows Shopping Center, the ranch and surrounding acreage belonged to the Schweiger family 140 […]

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