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TRAIL’S END – The heart of Valentine’s Day

TRAIL’S END – The heart of Valentine’s Day

Perhaps the brightest spot in February, along with this year’s Super Bowl, will be Valentine’s Day, highly anticipated by some and dreaded by others. The story behind some of our traditions is complicated and somewhat confusing, as is love itself. The Greeks and the Romans considered lust and romantic love important enough to assign several […]

COLORADO HISTORY – Colorado’s World War II concentration camp

COLORADO HISTORY – Colorado’s World War II concentration camp

On the Eastern Plains of Colorado, the foundation ruins of a concentration camp can be found, a solemn reminder of Colorado history. It is also the remains of a misguided American policy that ended in October 1945. Located one mile west of Granada, and one mile south on Prowers County Road 23.5, the site of […]

A TAILING TALE – A Tailing Tale from the memoires of E.W. (Ande) Andree

A TAILING TALE – A Tailing Tale from the memoires of E.W. (Ande) Andree

Buried in mountain snow It seemed that our efforts would be in a short time crowned with success. Our cabin completed, our quartz pulled down from the mine and the quartz mill about ready to grind, though our provisions were getting below the standard mark, we all felt optimistic. Our calculations proved to be promising, […]

TRAIL’S END – A Tribute to the Celluloid Cowboy

TRAIL’S END – A Tribute to the Celluloid Cowboy

In honor of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo During the early years of the 20th century, as the frontier vanished into history, the myth of the romantic American West began to take hold throughout the country. The image of the cowboy hero, inspired by Owen Wister’s book The Virginian, and Zane Grey’s Spirit […]

A TAILING TALE – A Tailing Tale of Baby Doe – Woman Miner

A TAILING TALE – A Tailing Tale of Baby Doe – Woman Miner

We’ve all heard tales of Baby Doe Tabor, the beautiful woman who left her husband, Harvey Doe, to run off with Horace Tabor. However, there was much more to Baby Doe than a pretty face and fancy clothes. She never feared hard work and was one of only a handful of women miners. Born in […]

TRAIL’S END – Welcoming the New Year!

TRAIL’S END – Welcoming the New Year!

New Year’s is an ancient celebration that goes back at least as far as the Babylonians more than 4,000 years ago. Their New Year actually began in March on the first day of spring and was celebrated for several days. The Romans continued this tradition with the spring festival of Lupercalia, but their calendar eventually […]

TRAIL’S END – Holidays at the movies

TRAIL’S END – Holidays at the movies

For most of us, seasonal plans usually include involve a trip to the movies at some point. This year’s offerings, which range from Alvin and the Chipmunks Road Trip to The Hateful Eight, include the much-awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set to break records when it debuts this month.  While we are sure to […]

A TAILING TALE – A Tailing Tale of the Terror of the West

A TAILING TALE – A Tailing Tale of the Terror of the West

This week’s Tale comes from Charles and Mary Ramstetter of Golden Gate Canyon. Charles was born in the old Eight-mile house in Golden Gate Canyon and Mary grew up in Golden. Charles and Mary run a commercial cow-calf operation in Golden Gate Canyon. They have four children and four grandchildren. Their registered cattle brand, read […]

COLORADO HISTORY – Holiday gifts for Colorado history lovers

COLORADO HISTORY – Holiday gifts for Colorado history lovers

Local history buffs are usually bibliophiles, so it’s fairly easy to choose a gift they will like. The literary choices this holiday season are plentiful, so let your imagination and your wallet be your guide. Colorado, A Historical Atlas Author: Thomas J. Noel Cartography: Carol Zuber Mallison Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, 2015 This book, a […]

TRAIL’S END – Thanksgiving stories you probably never heard

TRAIL’S END – Thanksgiving stories you probably never heard

On Thanksgiving Day, we express gratitude for all blessings we enjoy, an action that most of us should perform more frequently. Unlike other American holidays, Thanksgiving is solely about food, family, friendship and, of course, football. Technically, it celebrates the legendary feast enjoyed by the Pilgrims, a religious Separatist sect that set sail from England […]

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