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Book Signing – Gambler writer Larry Johnson’s book launches Dec. 20

Book Signing – Gambler writer Larry Johnson’s book launches Dec. 20

Join the fun at The Morrison Inn Colorado Gambler writer, Larry Johnson, is launching his second book, A Century of Change in Colorado / A Photographic History – Volume II, Dec. 20, at The Morrison Inn. This will be the first opportunity to pick up a copy of the new book and get it signed […]

Mission: Spreading joy to everyone

Mission: Spreading joy to everyone

Tracking Santa Claus, a Colorado Springs tradition This time of year children start looking skyward, anticipating Santa Claus’s annual visit. The Santa Tracker is an extremely popular program staged every year by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense) to kindle kids’ belief in the gift-giving red-suited chap. It was launched by an accidental phone call nearly […]

How Saint Nick became Santa Claus

How Saint Nick became Santa Claus

By Rosemary Fetter The story of our beloved Santa Claus, the chubby little guy in the red, fur-trimmed suit, dates back to the fourth century, when legends arose around a Turkish bishop, later known as St. Nicholas. Born March 15, 270 A.D., in the Greek village of Patara (now in southern Turkey), Nicholas was still […]

Singing in the Season

Singing in the Season

The history of Christmas carol By Linda Jones Much of the joy of the Christmas season comes from hearing the lilting melodies associated with it. The songs of Christmas are part and parcel of the pleasure we find in the season, from an ancient carol such as The Twelve Days of Christmas, first published in […]

150 Years Ago: Black Kettle & The Sand Creek Massacre

150 Years Ago: Black Kettle & The Sand Creek Massacre

As Black Kettle rode in solitude across the wind-blown prairie of eastern Colorado, his expression revealed the concern and worry of the elder Indian chief.  In the crisp autumn air of 1864, Black Kettle reflected on the bloody summer that had witnessed terror and murder across the plains. Roving bands of young Cheyenne and Arapaho […]

Colorado History – One-room schoolhouses

Colorado History – One-room schoolhouses

Colorado has more than the rest of the nation We’ve all seen them in our travels, crumbling relics that obviously served as schools back in the day, now forgotten and forlorn. In 1910, nearly 80 percent of America’s school buildings were one-room schools, and in 1918 there were 190,000 one-room schools across America, concentrated in […]

A few strange facts about Thanksgiving

A few strange facts about Thanksgiving

  On Nov. 27, most of us will sit down to a “traditional” Thanksgiving menu – roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin or sweet potato pie and the ubiquitous green bean casserole.  Some will watch football, some will play games, and many will take a nap. What follows are a few […]

Trail’s End – Let’s talk turkeys and the poultry farms of Lakewood

Trail’s End – Let’s talk turkeys and the poultry farms of Lakewood

Today a burgeoning suburb, Lakewood sprouted from agricultural origins and for several decades reigned as a leading poultry producer. A few people still remember the day when the rural area was covered with vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, hayfields and dairy operations. Lakewood’s poultry farming became possibly the city’s longest lasting agricultural enterprise. One of the […]

Trail’s End – Lawmen and the Lawless

Trail’s End – Lawmen and the Lawless

In the closing years of the 19th century, Colorado faced economic doom and gloom. It all changed when a new gold rush revived the state in a little known area on the south side of Pikes Peak. In October 1890, a roaming cowpoke, Bob Womack, discovered an abundance of gold float in the low-flowing waters […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Making the Great American Desert a Myth

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Making the Great American Desert a Myth

When the Union Pacific Railroad was being built from Omaha to Promontory Summit, the company was dependent of the sale of bonds to have enough money to continue the venture. The sections of land on either side of the tracks that were credited to the railroad could have bonds issued against them as the government […]

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