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A Rocky Mountain Christmas

A Rocky Mountain Christmas

By Linda Wommack There is nothing as magical as a snow white Rocky Mountain Christmas. Several mountain towns, many within an hours’ drive from Denver, offer shopping, dining and seasonal entertainment. Golden – The charming community of Golden offers a month-long holiday celebration. The “Olde Golden Christmas” includes festive activities such as elf-themed 5k runs, […]

Remembering Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

Remembering Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

Plans are made and tickets are bought for the thousands of now retired military personnel who served and saw the horror of enemy invasion at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. The 75th anniversary will take place at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 2007. It is an anniversary, an occasion, for these courageous men, now […]

A Tailing Tale of Mae West

A Tailing Tale of Mae West

Come Up and See Me Sometime . . . in Central City Many thanks to David Forsyth, executive director of Gilpin County Historical Society, for this tale. When Mae West arrived in Denver in July 1949 to perform her play Diamond Lil at the Central City Opera House, it seemed as if she was the […]

A TAILING TALE – Pony Express to printing press

A TAILING TALE – Pony Express to printing press

When miners and settlers first came west, the only communication they had with home was through travelers they met along the trail, or in towns and mining camps. News was precious and rare, and word-of-mouth was the only means of keeping in touch. However, soon after the California gold rush of 1849, the U.S. Post […]

TRAIL’S END – Denver’s Saint Joseph Hospital

TRAIL’S END – Denver’s Saint Joseph Hospital

Mother Xavier Ross of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, sent four Sisters to the Colorado Territory to begin a hospital. She gave them nine dollars and the challenge: “Look forward for what good there is yet to be.”  In 1873, Sister Joanna Bruner, along with Sisters Clare Bergen, The odora McDonald and Veronica […]

A TAILING TALE – George Crofutt’s observations of Gilpin County (1885)

A TAILING TALE – 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 […]

A Tailing Tale of Verena Kepler, Pioneer Woman Photographer

A Tailing Tale of Verena Kepler, Pioneer Woman Photographer

Thanks to David Forsyth, executive director of Gilpin County Historical Society for this story. From the moment gold was discovered in 1859, Black Hawk and Central City were popular destinations for thousands of people, including photographers. Hundreds of photographers moved in and out of the two towns, photographing people, buildings, mines, trains, and anything else […]

Famous Ghost Photographer of Central City

Famous Ghost Photographer of Central City

Ghosts are alive at local casinos

Ghosts are alive at local casinos

ARCHIVES- Halloween

ARCHIVES- Halloween
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