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Trail’s End – John Brisben Walker pioneered Denver’s entertainment industry

Trail’s End – John Brisben Walker pioneered Denver’s entertainment industry

By Rosemary Fetter A creative visionary who swept in and out of local history for more than half a century, John Brisben Walker, Sr. did more for Denver than many others whose names are etched on city streets, parks and buildings. Although some of his projects failed or developed into more grandiose schemes for which […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Settling the Land

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Settling the Land

When discussing how western lands were settled after 1862, it is necessary to understand the effect of the Pacific Rail Road Act of that year and the subsequent one of 1864. Abraham Lincoln signed both of these acts because he felt that a transcontinental railroad was critical to keep California in the Union during the […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: The Chapmans

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: The Chapmans

There are many wonderful western stories in my family’s history. The dearest to my heart has always been the story of my family’s ranch in Wyoming and Utah. To understand why the Chapman brothers George Frederic, my great grandfather, and his younger brother James Edwin as well as their brothers Oliver Everett and William Otis, […]

Trial’s End – Colorado Colors

Trial’s End – Colorado Colors

Guanella Pass Scenic Byway As a Colorado native, I have taken many mountain drives during the aspen season since I was a child. All are beautiful, all over the state.  However, an often-overlooked scenic drive is just an hour from Denver, and perhaps one of the most colorful. The Guanella Pass Scenic Byway can be […]

Colorado History – Visit the Schweiger Ranch for a taste of Douglas County history

Colorado History – Visit the Schweiger Ranch for a taste of Douglas County history

By Rosemary Fetter The Ridgegate development in Douglas County lies at the far southern edge of the City of Lone Tree, where cattle once grazed and jackrabbits and prairie dogs proliferated. Now a bustling community a few miles south of Park Meadows Shopping Center, the ranch and surrounding acreage belonged to the Schweiger family 140 […]

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 […]

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