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TRAIL’S END – Denver Botanic Gardens is Blossoming

TRAIL’S END – Denver Botanic Gardens is Blossoming

It’s springtime in the Rockies and Denver Botanic Gardens is blooming, although this early most flowering greenery is still inside the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory, where delicate orchids and a myriad of tropical plants thrive year-round. The blossoming trees, purple iris and yellow crocuses and daffodils outside, however, are sure signs of the spring growth spurt, […]

TRAIL’S END – Arbor Day in Colorado is April 15

TRAIL’S END – Arbor Day in Colorado is April 15

“Each generation takes the Earth as trustees.” – J. Sterling Morton, 1832 Since Colorado usually experiences its heaviest snowfall in March and April, planting trees and greenery sometimes has to wait until the weather cooperates. Even so, Coloradans observe Arbor Day on the third Friday in April (this year on April 15), although many environment-friendly activities […]

TRIAL’S END – Doc Susie: Overcoming Adversity

TRIAL’S END – Doc Susie: Overcoming Adversity

The winter of 1907 had been an unusually harsh one.  After a three hour grueling haul over snow-blinding Rollins Pass, which crosses the Continental Divide, the Northwestern and Pacific Railway Train Number One steamed and hissed into the tiny lumber camp of Fraser. The snow swirled about as the thin air grew colder and the […]

TRAIL’S END – Journalist Helen Black fostered Denver’s first symphony orchestra

TRAIL’S END – Journalist Helen Black fostered Denver’s first symphony orchestra

In honor of Women’s History Month At a time when East coast critics considered Denver a cultural wasteland, a spirited ex-newspaperwoman with a passion for the arts fostered the city’s first real symphony orchestra. Although Helen Black received little appreciation for her efforts, as the first female manager of a national symphony orchestra, she made […]

TRIAL’S END – Chasing Sunshine: The Colorado cure for tuberculosis

TRIAL’S END – Chasing Sunshine: The Colorado cure for tuberculosis

As we complain about yet another heavy snow, let’s remember when invalids came to Colorado by the thousands to sleep outdoors in a tent or tent-cottage or a thin-walled one-room cabin. All winter long. The “rest cure” or the “sunshine cure” was administered at one of the numerous sanitariums around the state to cure the […]

TRAIL’S END – It all began in Victor, Colorado

TRAIL’S END – It all began in Victor, Colorado

Within a few short years of the gold strike on the south side of Pikes Peak, a young boy arrived with his parents in what was known worldwide as the “Richest Gold Camp On Earth.” He would eventually make his name known worldwide as well. He was Lowell Thomas, the renown radio commentator. The Cripple […]

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS – A ranch in Wyoming and Utah: The women of Neponset

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS – A ranch in Wyoming and Utah: The women of Neponset

Eliza Maria Capen Chapman Cinders and soot were sent through the train from the coal-run engines. It must have been hard to keep a baby protected and clean on the three-day trip. Eliza Maria Capen Chapman was taking her babe-in-arms, Clara “Ruth” Chapman (born in 1886), from Canton, Massachusetts, to form the nucleus of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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