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Trail’s End – Square Dancing: Colorado born

Trail’s End – Square Dancing: Colorado born

Swing your partner – do-si-do! Square dancing continues its appeal since emerging in the 1930s as a folk tradition revival. A uniquely American dance, it had spread across the U.S. by the 1950s, including youngster baby boomers who learned to square dance as part of gym class. Few folks realize that a dynamo dancer, and […]

Trail’s End – The story of Charles Hall & South Park Salt Works

Trail’s End – The story of Charles Hall & South Park Salt Works

The South Park Salt Works complex was built in 1866, or perhaps even earlier. Historian LeRoy Hafen stated this “factory” was Colorado Territory’s second manufacturing plant. (The first was a cannon foundry in Denver.) Salt in 1866 was frightfully expensive, selling for $1 a pound. Crofutt points out in his Gripsack Guide of Colorado (1881) […]

Trail’s End – Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler

Trail’s End – Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler

“Tall men come down to my height when I hit ‘em in the body,” – Jack Dempsey 1923 A bold, yet confident statement made by a man who struggled throughout his life. From meager beginnings, he fought, literally for everything he had, including the world championship boxing title in 1919. It was a time when […]

Trail’s End: Colorado’s Legendary Tracker: Tom Tobin

Trail’s End: Colorado’s Legendary Tracker: Tom Tobin

By Linda Wommack “He could track a grasshopper through the sagebrush.” One of the many attributes paid to Tom Tobin by his friends on the Colorado frontier, Tobin was truly a force to be reckoned with. A trapper, and a scout with excellent tracking skills, Tobin worked with the likes of Cols. Price and Tappan, […]

Trail’s End – Colorado’s Gold King builds an agricultural community

Trail’s End – Colorado’s Gold King builds an agricultural community

Spencer Penrose was born into a wealthy, affluent Pennsylvania family. He attended Harvard and earned an undergraduate degree. While his five brothers all chose careers in the East, Penrose chose the adventure of the West. Twenty-seven-year-old Penrose arrived in Colorado Springs at the invitation of his childhood friend, Charles L. Tutt, in 1892. A year […]

Trail’s End – Colorado’s deadly 19th Century avalanches

Trail’s End – Colorado’s deadly 19th Century avalanches

When Albert Morrison’s father died, he was determined to pay off the mortgage on the family farm and put enough aside to marry his girlfriend Charlotte. Like many other young men in the 19th century, he came west to seek his fortune. After landing steady work in the Leadville post office, he fell victim to […]

Trail’s End – A female breaks the male barriers of National Western Stock Show

Trail’s End – A female breaks the male barriers of National Western Stock Show

Mildred Montigue Genevieve “Tweet” Kimball In the spring 1954, a young divorcee with two young sons, Mildred Montague Genevieve Kimball, was looking to purchase land in the West. Her ex-husband had offered to buy her anything she wanted west of the Mississippi River as part o f the divorce settlement. Kimball, a vibrant, energetic and […]

Trail’s End – Hired-gun Tom Horn and his mysterious life

Trail’s End – Hired-gun Tom Horn and his mysterious life

So much has been written about the notorious life of Tom Horn, including Horn himself. Yet theories, mystery and pure speculation continue. The real mystery for which Horn was tried, convicted and hanged for was, did he kill young Willie Nickell? One of the West’s most notable characters, Tom Horn, born in Memphis, Mo., left […]

Trail’s End – Handmade: See original Native Art during Native American Heritage Month

Trail’s End – Handmade: See original Native Art during Native American Heritage Month

Did you know this month is National Native American Heritage Month, designated as such since 1990? Several different tribes – the original “Colorado natives” – inhabited different regions of our vast and varied state: their lifestyles and folkways impacted by terrain and climate. Pueblo tribes and their ancient Anasazi ancestors dwelled in the desert-like country […]

Trail’s End – Escape from a Colorado POW camp

Trail’s End – Escape from a Colorado POW camp

This first-person account of the tunnel dug in the Trinidad POW Camp during World War II was written by Karl-Heinz Schmidt, a captured German soldier imprisoned there, in March 1954. “I lay against the cool earth under Barrack 1273 smoking a cigarette as I waited for Frank Bajohr to join me. It was 2:45 a.m. […]

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