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Trail’s End – The Gable House

Trail’s End – The Gable House

Durango’s Victorian Diamond By Linda Wommack James Schutt was a wealthy businessman by the time he built his grand home in 1892. When the town of Durango was established, Schutt established one of the first of the three mercantile stores, as well as a flour mill. The Victorian mansion, located at 805 5th Ave., was […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam Part III: The Shootout

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam Part III:  The Shootout

The following is a list of some of the elements of this story that are solidly backed up: 1) On July 11, 1895, Patrick “Patsy” Coughlin and Fred George stole strawberries from a Park City, Utah, vendor, petty larceny. 2) Sheriff Harrington of Park City vowed to punish them for their frequent pranks. 3) Patrick […]

Colorado History – Jim Beckwourth, Colorado’s legendary frontiersman

Colorado History – Jim Beckwourth, Colorado’s legendary frontiersman

Black History Month By Linda Wommack Mountain man, scout, frontiersman, honorary Indian chief, and the first to pen an autobiography.  And what a story it was. He was legendary in his own time, although early historians largely discounted him. James Pierson Beckwourth was born in 1798 in Frederick County, Va., to an African American slave mother. […]

Trail’s End – 150 Years Ago: The Indian Raids of Julesburg

Trail’s End – 150 Years Ago: The Indian Raids of Julesburg

  In 1859, Jules Beni, a French trader, established Julesburg as a trading post along the South Platte River in the northeastern corner of Colorado. From the beginning, this was an important stop along the Overland Trail, although the trail only crossed this small section of what would become Colorado. Yet the north/south fork of […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam Part II: Getting ahead of the law

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam Part II:  Getting ahead of the law

On the morning of July 25, 1895, after A. D. Bruce went home to get his rifle, he joined Patrick “Patsy” Coughlin and Fred George on a trip to the east up Emigration Canyon which they approached through Dry Canyon and over the Red Butte. The canyon was north of Parley’s Canyon and less used […]

Trail’s End – Cowboy Hats and Stetson − Get your cowboy on

Trail’s End – Cowboy Hats and Stetson − Get your cowboy on

The National Western Stock Show, the granddaddy and Super Bowl of stock events, proves that Denver is indeed still a cow town, at least once a year. The two-week stretch is a fun time to dress western and dust off your cowboy hats. But, let’s remember that cowboy hats are not just for looking like […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam

2 young men stole some strawberries and got into a royal jam The year was 1895, Park City, Utah, south of Evanston, Wyo., and the Chapman’s Neponset Land and Livestock, this is where this story begins. The area around Salt Lake had discoveries of precious metals in the early 1860s, only two years after the […]

Book Signing – Gambler writer Larry Johnson’s book launches Dec. 20

Book Signing – Gambler writer Larry Johnson’s book launches Dec. 20

Join the fun at The Morrison Inn Colorado Gambler writer, Larry Johnson, is launching his second book, A Century of Change in Colorado / A Photographic History – Volume II, Dec. 20, at The Morrison Inn. This will be the first opportunity to pick up a copy of the new book and get it signed […]

Mission: Spreading joy to everyone

Mission: Spreading joy to everyone

Tracking Santa Claus, a Colorado Springs tradition This time of year children start looking skyward, anticipating Santa Claus’s annual visit. The Santa Tracker is an extremely popular program staged every year by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense) to kindle kids’ belief in the gift-giving red-suited chap. It was launched by an accidental phone call nearly […]

How Saint Nick became Santa Claus

How Saint Nick became Santa Claus

By Rosemary Fetter The story of our beloved Santa Claus, the chubby little guy in the red, fur-trimmed suit, dates back to the fourth century, when legends arose around a Turkish bishop, later known as St. Nicholas. Born March 15, 270 A.D., in the Greek village of Patara (now in southern Turkey), Nicholas was still […]

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