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Trail’s End – Inclines and Funicular Railways in Colorado

Trail’s End – Inclines and Funicular Railways in Colorado

One way to get up the mountain In the first few years of the 1900s, small tourist railways sprouted up on Colorado’s Front Range, creeping up steep slopes to carry tourists to spectacular summit views. Five funiculars and incline railways operated in the foothills west of Denver, at the foot of Pikes Peak and in […]

Trail’s End – Dead Man’s Canyon

Trail’s End – Dead Man’s Canyon

Tobin stops Espinosa brothers murderous rampage The Little Fountain Creek flows a quiet, gentle stream of clear Rocky Mountain water south into a canyon, meeting with Turkey Creek, approximately 12 miles south of Colorado City. A canyon that has forever been known as Dead Man’s Canyon, for it was in this canyon that one of […]

Colorado History – Colorado’s first residents: Southern Utes

Colorado History – Colorado’s first residents: Southern Utes

The Ute Indians are considered the oldest continuous residents of Colorado. While it is not known exactly when the tribe or their ancestors arrived in the area, ancient fire pits, stone tools, petroglyphs and even stone foundations for fortification, dating as far back as 6,000 BC, have been found and documented by archaeologists from Pikes […]

Polo, Colorado Style

Polo, Colorado Style

In the high country amidst lush meadows the polo season begins. Mid May into September whirls with practices, meets, matches tournaments − and parties. The brisk swoosh and plummeting swoop then, crack of mallet on ball. Poetry in motion, especially against the greenery of a late, wet Rocky Mountain spring…. Traditions abound… Polo’s ancient origins […]

Western Footprints – Starting a journey and finding a passion

Western Footprints – Starting a journey and finding a passion

I found my passion for history and sharing what I learn with others rather late in life, and it has been an amazing journey for me. First there was a short-lived teaching career followed by what is not so common anymore, a career as a stay at home mom. That led in a round about […]

Gaming – Poker and Clear Creek Canyon

Gaming – Poker and Clear Creek Canyon

Have you had the chance to be a passenger in a vehicle driving up through Clear Creek Canyon on the way to play poker in Black Hawk/Central City? If you get a chance – take it. Or, even better, plan on stopping at some of the wider pullouts and stepping out checking out the canyon. […]

Trail’s End – James V. Dexter and his historic Leadville cabin

Trail’s End – James V. Dexter and his historic Leadville cabin

Guided tour of Leadville’s history set for July 18 On a hill overlooking the storied mining town of Leadville, sits the surprisingly plush 1879 log cabin built by one of Colorado’s first mining millionaires, James V. Dexter. Dexter, the descendant of a 17th-century New England colonist, was born at sea near New Orleans on Aug. 14, […]

Madame celebrated during Lou Bunch Day

Madame celebrated during Lou Bunch Day

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Trail’s End – The Greatest Story Never Told: Sheep in Colorado and the American West

Trail’s End – The Greatest Story Never Told: Sheep in Colorado and the American West

It’s the start of summer and sheep are being moved into the high country, to graze all summer as they have done for hundreds of years. Sheep played an important part in helping settle the America West, although their role was less glamorous, macho and Hollywood-film-worthy than the cattle industry and its cowboy culture. The […]

Colorado History – Colorado’s Colorful History Comes to Life

Colorado History – Colorado’s Colorful History Comes to Life

Take a step back in time this July in Golden, where history will come alive. The Wild West History Association, a national group with international membership, is focused on the preservation of Western history. This summer’s convention will present several programs, speaker events and panel discussions during the three-day event. It’s hard to believe, but […]

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