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Madonna of the Trail celebrated pioneer mothers

Madonna of the Trail celebrated pioneer mothers

By Rosemary Fetter In 1928, the Daughters of the American Revolution commissioned a major project to celebrate the courage of pioneer women who settled the West.  Supported by contributions from donors, the DAR funded 12 monuments along the route of the original Santa Fe Trail, one in each state through which the trail passed. Future […]

121 Years Ago The Cripple Creek Fires

121 Years Ago The Cripple Creek Fires

Just four years after Bob Womack discovered gold in the Cripple Creek region, the 1894 Cripple Creek Business Directory listed nearly 800 businesses in the thriving mining town. With such prosperity, city officials began making improvements to the growing city. Two reservoirs were completed, one near a hill, approximately 200 feet above the city’s main […]

God in the Gold Fields

God in the Gold Fields

In 1858, when, 20 miles west of Denver, in Central City and Black Hawk, a major strike of gold was made, prospectors from across the country and around the world came to Colorado. By 1860, the region boasted 34,277 residents. Along with the prospectors came miners, merchants, farmers, a wealth of undesirable characters, and a […]

Honoring Women’s History Month

Honoring Women’s History Month

Mamie Doud Eisenhower The First Lady’s Denver Years Denver’s own Mamie Doud Eisenhower was the First Lady of the United States and held the position with style and grace for both of her husband’s terms, from 1953 to 1961. One biographer said “…the world never really knew Mamie Eisenhower…as she was perceived as quiet and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A TAILING TALE – A Tailing Tale of George Nelson

A TAILING TALE – A Tailing Tale of George Nelson

In 1931, President Herbert Hoover led our struggling country through the great depression. The U.S. adopted the Star Spangled Banner as our national anthem, and on May 7, George Nelson was born in a little hospital on the corner of Broadway and Alpine in Boulder. The first child born to Martin and Dollie Nelson, George’s […]

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