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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 […]

Gaming – Poker and Clear Creek Canyon

Gaming – Poker and Clear Creek Canyon

Have you had the chance to be a passenger in a vehicle driving up through Clear Creek Canyon on the way to play poker in Black Hawk/Central City? If you get a chance – take it. Or, even better, plan on stopping at some of the wider pullouts and stepping out checking out the canyon. […]

Trail’s End – James V. Dexter and his historic Leadville cabin

Trail’s End – James V. Dexter and his historic Leadville cabin

Guided tour of Leadville’s history set for July 18 On a hill overlooking the storied mining town of Leadville, sits the surprisingly plush 1879 log cabin built by one of Colorado’s first mining millionaires, James V. Dexter. Dexter, the descendant of a 17th-century New England colonist, was born at sea near New Orleans on Aug. 14, […]

Madame celebrated during Lou Bunch Day

Madame celebrated during Lou Bunch Day

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Trail’s End – The Greatest Story Never Told: Sheep in Colorado and the American West

Trail’s End – The Greatest Story Never Told: Sheep in Colorado and the American West

It’s the start of summer and sheep are being moved into the high country, to graze all summer as they have done for hundreds of years. Sheep played an important part in helping settle the America West, although their role was less glamorous, macho and Hollywood-film-worthy than the cattle industry and its cowboy culture. The […]

Colorado History – Colorado’s Colorful History Comes to Life

Colorado History – Colorado’s Colorful History Comes to Life

Take a step back in time this July in Golden, where history will come alive. The Wild West History Association, a national group with international membership, is focused on the preservation of Western history. This summer’s convention will present several programs, speaker events and panel discussions during the three-day event. It’s hard to believe, but […]

Trail’s End – Tyler’s Rangers to the rescue

Trail’s End – Tyler’s Rangers to the rescue

In 1864, the small, scattered disputes between the Plains Indians and the settlers blew into a conflagration, eventually leading to the Sand Creek Massacre in late November. The match was what history has termed the “Hungate family massacre” near present-day Elizabeth on June 11, 1864. Historians may still debate the cause of the hostilities between […]

Colorado History – The Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Colorado History – The Pikes Peak Hill Climb

‘Unsers’ Mountain’  The Daytona 500, America’s Race, is the official start of the NASCAR racing season, while the Indy 500 is the climax in IRL open-cockpit racing. The Indy 500 is etched in motor sports history by thrilling racers run by great teams and led by legendary families in racing history. Second and third generations […]

Colorado History – Cherry Hills Village and Greenwood Village: Twin cities with different destinies

Colorado History – Cherry Hills Village and Greenwood Village: Twin cities with different destinies

By Rosemary Fetter Until shortly after World War I, the future Cherry Hills Village consisted of a few farms, several elaborate summer getaways and a handful of year-round residences for those who preferred country living. Some also purchased land as an investment, with an eye toward future residential development. As automobile ownership became more prevalent, […]

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