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The Bummer Gang and Judge Lynch

The Bummer Gang and Judge Lynch

Born from the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, by the late 1850’s, Denver soon became a city rampant with boozers, losers, and petty thieving. Clothing disappeared from local clotheslines.  Game and supplies vanished from farmer’s wagons and markets.  The perpetrators robbed stores in broad daylight, and heavily armed hooligans prayed on the weak and innocent. One […]

The Two Burials of Christopher “Kit” Carson

The Two Burials of Christopher “Kit” Carson

During the Christmas season of 1867, Christopher “Kit” Carson, his wife Maria Josefa Jaramillo Carson, and their six children moved to Boggsville, in the southeastern area of Colorado Territory. Carson had just been relieved of his command at Fort Garland, as the United States Army was trimming its forces. Thomas O. Boggs immediately offered his […]

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS – Swan song of Neponset Ranch

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS – Swan song of Neponset Ranch

In 1910 the ranch was in its heyday. They were using up-to-date steam farming machinery in their fields where they were growing grain. They had a McCormick’s grain binder which was pulled by horses. It was used to cut the grain and tie it into bundles. After the bundles had dried they could be threshed […]

How Denver gave birth to the cable, satellite TV, telecommunications industries

How Denver gave birth to the cable, satellite TV, telecommunications industries

BY ROSEMARY FETTER CONTRIBUTOR  Although cable TV debuted as early as in 1948 in Oregon, Pennsylvania and Arkansas, the industry really took off in 1953, when legendary entrepreneur Bill Daniels and Gene and Ray Schneider brought the first TV programming to Wyoming via a Denver-to-Casper cable system At the time, television was still in its […]

Charles Goodnight: His trail & his chuckwagon

Charles Goodnight: His trail & his chuckwagon

If there ever was a quintessential pioneer, it would be Charles Goodnight. An Illinois native, born 1836, he moved with his family to Texas in the middle of a raging Indian war. By the age of 18, Goodnight had already earned a reputation as a noted scout and Indian fighter when he joined the Texas […]

When the hard rains fell

When the hard rains fell

Most of the time, rain in Colorado is a good thing. With an annual average precipitation of only 14 – 17 inches, most of it falling in the mountains, this is a semiarid state.  But when heavy rains come, particularly during dry years, they can be deadly. Between 20 and 30 significant floods occur annually […]

The Trocadero at Elitch Gardens (1917-1975)

The Trocadero at Elitch Gardens (1917-1975)

Recreated for a special night on Saturday, August 27 Submitted by Anna Lee Ames Frohlich Flowers and dancing feet The soft perfumed air caressing the couples as they approach the bandstand The “Big Band” music quickening the spirits and melding couples together in the waltz and the foxtrot Everything speeding up with the swing A […]

A reservoir in the great American desert

A reservoir in the great American desert

In 2008 my first research adventure was to look for the Neponset ranch headquartered in Evanston, Wyoming from 1883 to 1918. It was owned by my great grandfather George F. Chapman and his partners, and it was much loved by my grandmother Beth Chapman. In Beth’s photo albums she always referred to the “ranch in […]

Memories and restoration of a 1906 Elmore

Memories and restoration of a 1906 Elmore

Awhile back, I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with Donald Vaughn of Golden, and hearing his beautiful story about a woman, an automobile, and his deep respect and affection for both. In 1991, Donald worked on Luella Thomas’s home, and during that time, they became great friends. Luella, then in her 70s, […]

A TAILING TALE – A Legend of the Yellow Rose

A TAILING TALE – A Legend of the Yellow Rose

Twenty-year-old Philip Penrose rode into Central City on an old mule named Daisy on an unusually warm day in June 1862. After months of traveling, he nearly burst with delight as he made his way through Black Hawk Pointe, passed noisy stamp mills, up the muddy incline toward his destination. Philip’s friends, Patrick and Thomas, […]

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