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Polo, Colorado Style

Polo, Colorado Style

In the high country amidst lush meadows the polo season begins. Mid May into September whirls with practices, meets, matches tournaments − and parties. The brisk swoosh and plummeting swoop then, crack of mallet on ball. Poetry in motion, especially against the greenery of a late, wet Rocky Mountain spring…. Traditions abound… Polo’s ancient origins […]

Trail’s End – James V. Dexter and his historic Leadville cabin

Trail’s End – James V. Dexter and his historic Leadville cabin

Guided tour of Leadville’s history set for July 18 On a hill overlooking the storied mining town of Leadville, sits the surprisingly plush 1879 log cabin built by one of Colorado’s first mining millionaires, James V. Dexter. Dexter, the descendant of a 17th-century New England colonist, was born at sea near New Orleans on Aug. 14, […]

Trail’s End – The Greatest Story Never Told: Sheep in Colorado and the American West

Trail’s End – The Greatest Story Never Told: Sheep in Colorado and the American West

It’s the start of summer and sheep are being moved into the high country, to graze all summer as they have done for hundreds of years. Sheep played an important part in helping settle the America West, although their role was less glamorous, macho and Hollywood-film-worthy than the cattle industry and its cowboy culture. The […]

Trail’s End – Tyler’s Rangers to the rescue

Trail’s End – Tyler’s Rangers to the rescue

In 1864, the small, scattered disputes between the Plains Indians and the settlers blew into a conflagration, eventually leading to the Sand Creek Massacre in late November. The match was what history has termed the “Hungate family massacre” near present-day Elizabeth on June 11, 1864. Historians may still debate the cause of the hostilities between […]

High, Wide and Handsome: The birth of Montana

High, Wide and Handsome: The birth of Montana

Montana celebrates two birthdays this year: becoming a territory on May 26, 1864, and achieving statehood on Nov. 8, 1889. Although separated by the fairly flat state of Wyoming, Colorado and Montana share several things in common, starting with their birth through gold discoveries. Colorado was the site of the first Rocky Mountain rush: the […]

Trail’s End – Colorado’s beloved Clara Brown

Trail’s End – Colorado’s beloved Clara Brown

Clara Brown was born into slavery, living the life of a slave until she was granted freedom in 1856. At age 59, Clara made the courageous trip westward for a new life. Near Lawrence, Kan., in April 1859, Clara managed to secure a passenger spot with a military troop escorting a 60-wagon caravan to the […]

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, […]

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