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Trail’s End – Sheds and Shacks, Cabins and Cottages

Trail’s End – Sheds and Shacks, Cabins and Cottages

Colorado’s first tiny houses The tiny house movement that has captured everyone’s attention is actually a revival of a popular necessity from generations back. It’s fun to remember that the earliest Coloradans lived in very small houses too. When the prospectors arrived during the1859 Pikes Peak or Bust gold rush, some brought their own dwelling place […]

A Tailing Tale – E. H. Andree’s documented journey in Black Hawk region

A Tailing Tale – E. H. Andree’s documented journey in Black Hawk region

This week’s tale comes from Vicki and David Andree of Erie, Colo. David’s great-great-grandfather was Ernst Andree who arrived at Gregory Gulch on July 9, 1860, and settled in Black Hawk Point for two years. In March 1862, Ernst received a letter from a friend informing him of disastrous fires in his hometown of Milwaukee, […]

Trial’s End – The Denver Anti-Chinese Riots of 1880

Trial’s End – The Denver Anti-Chinese Riots of 1880

  During the 1880s racial tensions in Denver had been brewing for quite some time. With the strong economy many immigrants came for employment opportunities, competing for jobs that common American laborers were also seeking. Added to this tension were the labor organizers who also wanted to capitalize on the state’s growing economy. Very early […]

A Tailing Tale – ‘The Flood’ and ‘The Fancy Lady’

A Tailing Tale – ‘The Flood’ and ‘The Fancy Lady’

We hit the jackpot this week folks with two wonderful tales from the 1860’s. The Flood Our first story is told by Betty Hershwig of Wheat Ridge of her great-great-great-grandparents, Emma and Will Russell Emma and Will homesteaded a small plot of land in Clear Creek Canyon where they built a cabin and several small […]

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 […]

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