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Martin Moves the Old House

Martin Moves the Old House

This week’s tale comes from George Nelson of Littleton as heard and transcribed by Becky Crozier of Golden. In 1872, Ignatus Gundy and his brother built a house in Queens Chair in the Quartz Valley. In the mid 1950’s, George’s father, Martin Nelson, purchased that home from the daughter of Sammy Thomas. The property held […]

TAILING TALE- Dory Hill Cemetery

TAILING TALE- Dory Hill Cemetery

Becky Crozier of Golden, contacted me awhile back and asked about submitting a story about the moving of a historical home in Gilpin County. Becky works with George Nelson, currently of Littleton, compiling his memoirs. One of his stories includes his father, Martin Nelson, moving his historical home from Queens Chair in Quartz Valley to […]

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS- The Sheepman and the Cowmen

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS- The Sheepman and the Cowmen

“The farmer and the cowman should be friends. Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends. One man likes to push a plough, the other likes to chase a cow, But that’s no reason why they can’t be friends.” This is the opening phrase from the song “The Farmer and the Cowman” in the […]

Medicine Water – Leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers

Medicine Water – Leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers

On the High Plains, near the Bunch of Trees, also known as the Smoky Hill River, the Tse-Tsehese-Staestse, Cheyenne for “The People,” followed their leader, Mi-Huh-You-I-Nup, Medicine Water. The warriors, known as “Dog Soldiers,” had led many of the survivors of the horrific massacre at Sand Creek north to the Smoky Hill River. Included among […]

A TAILING TALE – Heidi Chalet has tales to tell

A TAILING TALE – Heidi Chalet has tales to tell

Some time back, I had an opportunity to sit down with Roxie Morris at her home in the Heidi Chalet, which is located in the forest north of Black Hawk. Roxie purchased the property several years ago and says she fell in love with the home and its history the first time she saw it. […]

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 […]

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