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TRAIL’S END – Denver’s own crime stopper Philip Van Cise

TRAIL’S END – Denver’s own crime stopper Philip Van Cise

Philip Van Cise was born on October 25, 1884, in South Dakota, to Edwin and Adele Van Cise, where Edwin Van Cise was a practicing attorney. It was here, following the massacre at Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890, Edwin Van Cise served as one of the prosecuting attorneys during the trials. Ten years later, in […]

A TAILING TALE – All aboard the Butterfield stage

A TAILING TALE – All aboard the Butterfield stage

Step into the past at the Stage Stop in Rollinsville. It is the late 1860’s and you boarded the Butterfield stage in St. Louis, Missouri. The Toll Gate Barn is a welcome, though brief, respite on your way to your destination in San Francisco. Following a meal of venison steak, bread and tea, you return […]

TRAIL’S END – Denver Botanic Gardens is Blossoming

TRAIL’S END – Denver Botanic Gardens is Blossoming

It’s springtime in the Rockies and Denver Botanic Gardens is blooming, although this early most flowering greenery is still inside the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory, where delicate orchids and a myriad of tropical plants thrive year-round. The blossoming trees, purple iris and yellow crocuses and daffodils outside, however, are sure signs of the spring growth spurt, […]

COLORADO HISTORY – Survivor of Ludlow Massacre is 102

COLORADO HISTORY – Survivor of Ludlow Massacre is 102

‘What’s the big deal’ she asks Ermenia “Marie” Padilla entered into this world on Jan. 13, 1914. She was born into a Spanish family of five other children in the coalmining camp of Ludlow, just 18 miles northwest of Trinidad. Her father Elfego was a coalminer, along with her older brother Joe. Her mom Clorinda […]

A Tailing Tale: Tap! Tap! Tap!

A Tailing Tale: Tap! Tap! Tap!

Mines are dark and dangerous places filled with strange and creaky noises. Tap! Tap! Tap! If you’re lucky, a mine will bless you with gold and a lucky strike can make you rich beyond your wildest dreams. Tap! Tap! Tap! If you’re unlucky, a mine can snatch your breath, crush your skull, or send you […]

TRAIL’S END – Arbor Day in Colorado is April 15

TRAIL’S END – Arbor Day in Colorado is April 15

“Each generation takes the Earth as trustees.” – J. Sterling Morton, 1832 Since Colorado usually experiences its heaviest snowfall in March and April, planting trees and greenery sometimes has to wait until the weather cooperates. Even so, Coloradans observe Arbor Day on the third Friday in April (this year on April 15), although many environment-friendly activities […]

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Sheep shearing by steam

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Sheep shearing by steam

The Wyoming Press reported in May 1900 that Neponset Ranch foreman “George Galbraith came in from the Chapman ranch Thursday and reports the lamb crops as coming on finely. The first 15 ewes showed up with 31 lambs.” Having a good crop of lambs meant that the herders had been successful in protecting the sheep […]

A TAILING TALE: Men to Match Mountains

A TAILING TALE: Men to Match Mountains

Pikes Peak or Bust Dick Ummel of Skyline Properties in Black Hawk shared the following excerpt from “Men to Match Mountains,” by Irving Stone; “Colorado’s Fifty-Niners were blood brothers of the California Forty-Niners, the whole hundred thousand of them who poured into Colorado in the period of five months between the Gregory and Jackson discoveries and […]

TRIAL’S END – Doc Susie: Overcoming Adversity

TRIAL’S END – Doc Susie: Overcoming Adversity

The winter of 1907 had been an unusually harsh one.  After a three hour grueling haul over snow-blinding Rollins Pass, which crosses the Continental Divide, the Northwestern and Pacific Railway Train Number One steamed and hissed into the tiny lumber camp of Fraser. The snow swirled about as the thin air grew colder and the […]

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS – A ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Neponset’s sheep on the trail

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS – A ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Neponset’s sheep on the trail

When George Chapman and his partner Charles Strong paid off their mortgage on Sections 20 and 24 in Rich County, Utah Territory on Jan. 10, 1884, they immediately took on the new role of sheep ranchers. Included in the mortgage with various items of hardware were sheep dip, access to a dipping pen, and 3,900 […]

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