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Trail’s End – Preserving Colorado: A story of successes and losses

Trail’s End – Preserving Colorado: A story of successes and losses

Have you hugged your favorite landmark lately? This is your reminder that May is Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month, and a great time to enjoy your local heritage experience in your hometown. This month – and anytime of the year – tours, visits and events help you celebrate the architecture and sites that convey […]

Memorial Day – Courage, Bravery and Heroism

Memorial Day – Courage, Bravery and Heroism

A Memorial Day Remembrance of Navy SEAL  Danny Dietz  By Linda Wommack Memorial Day is a day to reflect and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. For the Dietz family of Littleton, that day came for them on another patriotic holiday – the Fourth of July. This day of national celebration, […]

Mother’s Day – Mother’s Day blossomed in America

Mother’s Day – Mother’s Day blossomed in America

By Rosemary Fetter Although Mother’s Day is celebrated widely in the U.S. and around the world, the idea of honoring motherhood dates back to man’s earliest beginnings, and some civilizations still consider the mother the true head of the household. In classical Greece and Rome, the ancients held a three-day festival in mid-March called the […]

Prayer, praise, song and psalms for King Richard III

Prayer, praise, song and psalms for King Richard III

The Tower Bell of Leicester Cathedral rang for the beginning of the Compline Service. It was followed by The Reception of the Remains, and King Richard’s coffin was escorted into the Cathedral where The Bishop of Leicester anointed the coffin with water which served as a reminder of baptism. A pall was placed over the […]

The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

A monument castle atop a mountain High atop Cheyenne Mountain, at 8,000 feet above sea level, overlooking Colorado Springs, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun commands a spectacular panoramic view of the Pikes Peak region. Spencer Penrose, who had become a millionaire with Cripple Creek gold, was a generous man. Penrose had established the […]

A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam Part VII:  Judgement Day approaches

A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam Part VII:  Judgement Day approaches

Patrick Coughlin had given himself up to the posse members much more quickly than Fred George did. George was hiding in a washout and was afraid that the posse would shoot him if he emerged. Finally realizing he was surrounded, he surrendered. So on Aug. 5, 1895, the long manhunt came to its conclusion. After […]

Ouray’s ballplayer: Smoky Joe Wood

Ouray’s ballplayer: Smoky Joe Wood

‘Nobody Threw the Ball Harder’ In the 1890s, the silvery San Juans were filled with miners who lived in towns with strong community ties. Towns such as Silverton, Telluride and Ouray boasted churches, schools and ball fields. America’s favorite pastime was not just the rage of an era, it was a passion of the players […]

Western Footprints – King Richard III

Western Footprints – King Richard III

Service of Compline with Dignity and Honor On March 22, my daughter Liz and I were in the town of Leicester, England, as it was getting ready for a week of services honoring the reinterment of the remains of King Richard III. We started the day early with a good English breakfast at Mrs. Bridge’s […]

Trail’s End – Boardinghouses in Colorado

Trail’s End – Boardinghouses in Colorado

My home for the present time  You step off the train in a new town, circa 1890. You need a safe and clean place to live for a week or a month or maybe longer. Where do you stay? For a reasonable rate, a boarding house would provide you with a furnished sleeping room and three […]

Western Footprintes – A respectful farewell to King Richard III

Western Footprintes – A respectful farewell to King Richard III

Gambler writer to attend ancestor’s ‘Service of Reception’ I have always wanted to go to England to look at the land of my ancestors while internalizing their history, to enjoy the peaceful countryside and to meet relatives. I have been there once but not so that it really counted. We flew into Heathrow and took a […]

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