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Ouray’s ballplayer: Smoky Joe Wood

Ouray’s ballplayer: Smoky Joe Wood

‘Nobody Threw the Ball Harder’ In the 1890s, the silvery San Juans were filled with miners who lived in towns with strong community ties. Towns such as Silverton, Telluride and Ouray boasted churches, schools and ball fields. America’s favorite pastime was not just the rage of an era, it was a passion of the players […]

Western Footprints – King Richard III

Western Footprints – King Richard III

Service of Compline with Dignity and Honor On March 22, my daughter Liz and I were in the town of Leicester, England, as it was getting ready for a week of services honoring the reinterment of the remains of King Richard III. We started the day early with a good English breakfast at Mrs. Bridge’s […]

Trail’s End – Boardinghouses in Colorado

Trail’s End – Boardinghouses in Colorado

My home for the present time  You step off the train in a new town, circa 1890. You need a safe and clean place to live for a week or a month or maybe longer. Where do you stay? For a reasonable rate, a boarding house would provide you with a furnished sleeping room and three […]

Western Footprintes – A respectful farewell to King Richard III

Western Footprintes – A respectful farewell to King Richard III

Gambler writer to attend ancestor’s ‘Service of Reception’ I have always wanted to go to England to look at the land of my ancestors while internalizing their history, to enjoy the peaceful countryside and to meet relatives. I have been there once but not so that it really counted. We flew into Heathrow and took a […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam Part V: Hide and Seek

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam Part V:  Hide and Seek

July 31: After getting one of their horses shod and making the animal good for at least a few more miles, George and Coughlin, in their urgency to see a newspaper, approached some boys who were swimming in the Weber River. They convinced one of the boys to go to town to get a paper […]

Trail’s End – Thomas Fitzpatrick: An Irishman among the Indians

Trail’s End – Thomas Fitzpatrick: An Irishman among the Indians

Many Irish immigrants to America in the early 19th century fled poverty, religious oppression, and government tyranny. America represented freedom, dreams of success, and new beginnings. For one 17-year-old Irish immigrant, America gave him those opportunities and much more – an the untamed American West. Thomas Fitzpatrick was born in County Caven, Ireland, in 1799. […]

St. Patrick’s Day – In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day – In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day

Irish immigrants who made Colorado history By Rosemary Fetter Although the Scots-Irish (Protestant Irish from the north) began immigrating to the U.S. in Colonial days, the major exodus from Ireland took place during the potato famine from 1845 – 1851, striking again in 1879. Two-thirds of the country relocated during this period, primarily to North […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam Part IV: Fugitives and Posses

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam Part IV:  Fugitives and Posses

We left our instigators of mayhem riding away from the shoot out between themselves and four lawmen, which left two of those lawmen dead on the morning of July 30, 1895. Fred George and Patrick Coughlin’s escapades had progressed from bad to worse to as bad as they could get. Before they mounted their weary […]

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 […]

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