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Trail’s End – George M. Wallace, Denver Tech Center pioneer

Trail’s End – George M. Wallace, Denver Tech Center pioneer

The father of the booming Denver Tech Center, George MacKenzie Wallace came from a middle class family, the eldest of three sons in a strict Scottish-Presbyterian family. His father, a construction superintendent “with strong old world principles,” taught him the value of hard work. According to a 1974 interview, he sold newspapers at age 10 […]

Trail’s End – Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo kicks up its heels for its 75th

Trail’s End – Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo kicks up its heels for its 75th

The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has been a summer tradition for three-quarters of a century, blossoming from a rodeo event staged by flamboyant businessman and civic visionary Spencer “Speck” Penrose. Using wealth accumulated from Cripple Creek gold and Utah copper mining, multi-millionaire Penrose had built Colorado Springs’ lavish Broadmoor Hotel and blasted the auto […]

A Tailing Tale – The Irishman and the Funeral

A Tailing Tale – The Irishman and the Funeral

A tale is told of a prospector from Ireland named Pat who attended a funeral in Black Hawk in 1860. By force of habit, the man picked up some of the dirt thrown from the new grave and examined the soil. Moments later, Pat arose from his knees and commenced staking a claim. Observing the […]

Trail’s End – 50 years ago: The South Platte River Flood of 1965

Trail’s End – 50 years ago: The South Platte River Flood of 1965

I didn’t remember that exact day in 1965, I had to look it up, but I remember the night.  It was June 16, 1965, 50 years ago this month, when a wall of water described as some 15 feet high came roaring down the South Platte River, taking out everything in its path. As a […]

Colorado Gold Rush – The Gold Rush of 1859

Colorado Gold Rush – The Gold Rush of 1859

Send in your tales so they can be shared Many a tale is told, retold, embellished and preserved of events that took place during the Colorado gold rush of 1859. Just as the mine tailings throughout Gilpin County hold promises of undiscovered treasure, these tales hold historical treasures of their own. According to Robert L. […]

Trail’s End – A Colorado Classic: The Central City Opera

Trail’s End – A Colorado Classic: The Central City Opera

On July 16, 1932, as sunset pinked the Colorado sky above Virginia Road, a curious sight greeted rural motorists. Chauffeur-driven limousines were creeping up the dirt road to Central City, a near-ghost town since its gold rush days. The cream of Denver society, garbed in glamourous 1870s attire, had come out to celebrate a landmark […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam Part VIII: The End

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah:  Strawberry Jam Part VIII: The End

Surprises were promised but they will not be what followers of this story will expect. It will not be a surprise that Fred George was sentenced to the penitentiary for life because of his young age, that he was paroled in 1909, and that he then led an exemplary life. Nor will it surprise anyone […]

Trail’s End – Preserving Colorado: A story of successes and losses

Trail’s End – Preserving Colorado: A story of successes and losses

Have you hugged your favorite landmark lately? This is your reminder that May is Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month, and a great time to enjoy your local heritage experience in your hometown. This month – and anytime of the year – tours, visits and events help you celebrate the architecture and sites that convey […]

Memorial Day – Courage, Bravery and Heroism

Memorial Day – Courage, Bravery and Heroism

A Memorial Day Remembrance of Navy SEAL  Danny Dietz  By Linda Wommack Memorial Day is a day to reflect and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. For the Dietz family of Littleton, that day came for them on another patriotic holiday – the Fourth of July. This day of national celebration, […]

Mother’s Day – Mother’s Day blossomed in America

Mother’s Day – Mother’s Day blossomed in America

By Rosemary Fetter Although Mother’s Day is celebrated widely in the U.S. and around the world, the idea of honoring motherhood dates back to man’s earliest beginnings, and some civilizations still consider the mother the true head of the household. In classical Greece and Rome, the ancients held a three-day festival in mid-March called the […]

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