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Faces from the past

Faces from the past

By Linda Jones The large mural painted by Michael Shaughnessy in 1965, and long since forgotten, was uncovered when the Famous Bonanza was recently expanded to the south. A doorway was cut into the former Santa Fe Central shop last summer and when the wallboards were ripped away, the workers were surprised to find the […]

Gemstone & Minerals — Malachite: Semi-precious stone used to build columns, bring luck to children

Gemstone & Minerals — Malachite: Semi-precious stone used to build columns, bring luck to children

By Ray Lundin – Gemologist Russian Malachite has been mined in the Ural Mountains since the early 19th century and has been used decoratively to form huge columns within buildings, giant vases, useful pieces of furniture and delicate carved artifacts. It has been used to make the enormous malachite pillar of St Isaac’s Cathedral in […]

Colorado History — New Denver emerges in the 1970s and ‘80s

Colorado History — New Denver emerges in the 1970s and ‘80s

In 1970, Denver could boast a handful of skyscrapers, a blossoming ski industry, a team in the American Football League and even a tropical conservatory at Denver Botanic Gardens. Interstate Highway 25 and most of I-70 had been completed, creating a north-south and east-west traffic flow that allowed for further growth of the suburbs. After […]

National Western Stock Show is back in town

National Western Stock Show is back in town

In recent years, Denver’s cow town heritage has been overshadowed by her aspirations to become a “world class city,” culminating in the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Still, natives and newcomers relish a taste of the Old West for two weeks in January when the National Western Stock Show, Rodeo and Horse Show comes to town. […]

Royal Welcome — 105th Annual National Western Stock Show underway

Royal Welcome — 105th Annual National Western Stock Show underway

The Grand Champion steer will be displayed at the historic Brown Palace Hotel, Jan. 21.   The “mutton busters” will be riding the husky lambs, the cowboys will be spurring the bulls and broncos, it’s cold outside and it’s time for the Stock Show, a great Denver tradition. Queens have arrived for the big show and […]

Get on those cowboy boots — they are made for wearin’

Get on those cowboy boots — they are made for wearin’

Once a year the National Western Stock Show comes to town and it’s safe to wear your cowboy boots in Denver without getting teased. Traveling around the West, you find that in most other cities – from Taos to Tucson, from Boise to Billings – cowboy boots aren’t quaint and costume-y but just part of […]

Colorado History — A who’s who of early day Gilpin County

Colorado History — A who’s who of early day Gilpin County

A tiny little flow of water trickles through the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. In 1859, John H. Gregory followed this trickle called Clear Creek, upstream looking for “positive” color. Pulling a low tree branch out of his way, Gregory discovered a pocket of pay dirt. His skillful panning produced enough gold to create a […]

Colorado History: A birds-eye view of Denver 100 years ago

Colorado History: A birds-eye view of Denver 100 years ago

As the nation’s 25th largest city, Denver could boast a population of 213,381 in 1911, a respectable gain of nearly 80,000 people during the first decade of the new century. The city had finally recovered from the Depression of 1893, a disaster that, coupled with an earlier switch to the gold standard, had crushed silver […]

Trail’s End — Denver Firefighters Museum takes visitors back in time

Trail’s End — Denver Firefighters Museum takes visitors back in time

Denver’s firefighting efforts gained impetus after the city’s first major fire on April 19, 1863, when carousers accidentally set off a blaze that demolished the central business district and caused nearly $250,000 worth of damage. A contrary wind made the flames nearly impossible to fight since the five year-old town contained mostly wooden structures. Afterward, […]

Central City welcomes its new mayor – Ron Engels

Central City welcomes its new mayor – Ron Engels

By Linda Jones Ron Engels was just completing his first term on Central City Council when he was appointed to complete the term of Mayor Ron Slinger in August, who resigned because of the demands of his new job for the Colorado Community College system. In the recent election, Engels earned his own four-year term. […]