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Trail’s End – 50 years ago: The South Platte River Flood of 1965

Trail’s End – 50 years ago: The South Platte River Flood of 1965

I didn’t remember that exact day in 1965, I had to look it up, but I remember the night.  It was June 16, 1965, 50 years ago this month, when a wall of water described as some 15 feet high came roaring down the South Platte River, taking out everything in its path. As a […]

Colorado Gold Rush – The Gold Rush of 1859

Colorado Gold Rush – The Gold Rush of 1859

Send in your tales so they can be shared Many a tale is told, retold, embellished and preserved of events that took place during the Colorado gold rush of 1859. Just as the mine tailings throughout Gilpin County hold promises of undiscovered treasure, these tales hold historical treasures of their own. According to Robert L. […]

Trail’s End – A Colorado Classic: The Central City Opera

Trail’s End – A Colorado Classic: The Central City Opera

On July 16, 1932, as sunset pinked the Colorado sky above Virginia Road, a curious sight greeted rural motorists. Chauffeur-driven limousines were creeping up the dirt road to Central City, a near-ghost town since its gold rush days. The cream of Denver society, garbed in glamourous 1870s attire, had come out to celebrate a landmark […]

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah: Strawberry Jam Part VIII: The End

Western Footprints – A Ranch in Wyoming and Utah:  Strawberry Jam Part VIII: The End

Surprises were promised but they will not be what followers of this story will expect. It will not be a surprise that Fred George was sentenced to the penitentiary for life because of his young age, that he was paroled in 1909, and that he then led an exemplary life. Nor will it surprise anyone […]

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 […]

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