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Colorado History – Carnegie Libraries in Colorado: Is there one in your town?

Colorado History – Carnegie Libraries in Colorado: Is there one in your town?

National Library Week, April 13-19, is a great time to tell the story of how the public library got started more than a century ago. Public education had brought reading within the grasp of most American citizen by 1900, but not everyone hungry to read could buy their own books. The “free library” movement soon […]

Unusual Easter customs around the world

Unusual Easter customs around the world

By Rosemary Fetter In the United States and many other countries, people observe Easter with customs stemming from both pagan and Christian traditions that celebrate spring and resurrection.  Other locales, however, observe the holiday with various activities that have nothing to do with bunnies, colored eggs, blooming flowers or even Christianity. Argentina:  Northern Argentinians hold […]

Trail’s End – Square Dancing: Colorado born

Trail’s End – Square Dancing: Colorado born

Swing your partner – do-si-do! Square dancing continues its appeal since emerging in the 1930s as a folk tradition revival. A uniquely American dance, it had spread across the U.S. by the 1950s, including youngster baby boomers who learned to square dance as part of gym class. Few folks realize that a dynamo dancer, and […]

Colorado History – Centennial commemorates disastrous Ludlow Labor Strike

Colorado History – Centennial commemorates disastrous Ludlow Labor Strike

By Rosemary Fetter  On a lonely prairie approximately 12 miles northwest of Trinidad, a huge granite monument stands as testament to the bloodiest labor battle in Colorado history. On April 20, 100 years ago this month, the Ludlow Massacre made national headlines when striking coal miners and their families were driven from a blazing tent […]

Trail’s End – The story of Charles Hall & South Park Salt Works

Trail’s End – The story of Charles Hall & South Park Salt Works

The South Park Salt Works complex was built in 1866, or perhaps even earlier. Historian LeRoy Hafen stated this “factory” was Colorado Territory’s second manufacturing plant. (The first was a cannon foundry in Denver.) Salt in 1866 was frightfully expensive, selling for $1 a pound. Crofutt points out in his Gripsack Guide of Colorado (1881) […]

Colorado History – The University of Denver celebrates 150 Years of Excellence in Education

Colorado History – The University of Denver celebrates 150 Years of Excellence in Education

By Rosemary Fetter On March 5, 1864, Territorial Gov. John Evans, and other city fathers, including railroad entrepreneurs David Moffat and W.H. Loveland, and Rocky Mountain News Publisher William Newton Byers, founded Colorado Seminary in the heart of the pioneer Denver. Although Methodists instituted the college, the school charter stated that a test of religious […]

Trail’s End – Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler

Trail’s End – Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler

“Tall men come down to my height when I hit ‘em in the body,” – Jack Dempsey 1923 A bold, yet confident statement made by a man who struggled throughout his life. From meager beginnings, he fought, literally for everything he had, including the world championship boxing title in 1919. It was a time when […]

Trail’s End: Colorado’s Legendary Tracker: Tom Tobin

Trail’s End: Colorado’s Legendary Tracker: Tom Tobin

By Linda Wommack “He could track a grasshopper through the sagebrush.” One of the many attributes paid to Tom Tobin by his friends on the Colorado frontier, Tobin was truly a force to be reckoned with. A trapper, and a scout with excellent tracking skills, Tobin worked with the likes of Cols. Price and Tappan, […]

Colorado History: Dr. Justina Ford fought racial and sexual discrimination

Colorado History: Dr. Justina Ford fought racial and sexual discrimination

In Honor of Black History Month By Rosemary Fetter When Justina Ford applied to practice medicine in Denver, the licensing examiner told her, “Ma’am, I’d feel dishonest taking a fee from you. You’ve got two strikes against you to begin with. First off, you’re a lady. Second, you’re colored.” “I know it,” she replied. “I […]

Trail’s End – Colorado’s Gold King builds an agricultural community

Trail’s End – Colorado’s Gold King builds an agricultural community

Spencer Penrose was born into a wealthy, affluent Pennsylvania family. He attended Harvard and earned an undergraduate degree. While his five brothers all chose careers in the East, Penrose chose the adventure of the West. Twenty-seven-year-old Penrose arrived in Colorado Springs at the invitation of his childhood friend, Charles L. Tutt, in 1892. A year […]

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