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When the hard rains fell

When the hard rains fell

Most of the time, rain in Colorado is a good thing. With an annual average precipitation of only 14 – 17 inches, most of it falling in the mountains, this is a semiarid state.  But when heavy rains come, particularly during dry years, they can be deadly. Between 20 and 30 significant floods occur annually […]

The Murder of Joseph Roma

The Murder of Joseph Roma

During the 1930s, the entire country was facing a real crime crisis. It was era of the Great Depression. The horrible economy, following the stock market crash of 1929, offered very few opportunities for employment. In this environment crime rose to epidemic proportions. The crimes of John Dillinger, Al Capone, “Pretty Boy” Floyd and Bonnie […]

Medicine Water – Leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers

Medicine Water – Leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers

On the High Plains, near the Bunch of Trees, also known as the Smoky Hill River, the Tse-Tsehese-Staestse, Cheyenne for “The People,” followed their leader, Mi-Huh-You-I-Nup, Medicine Water. The warriors, known as “Dog Soldiers,” had led many of the survivors of the horrific massacre at Sand Creek north to the Smoky Hill River. Included among […]

TRAIL’S END – Denver’s own crime stopper Philip Van Cise

TRAIL’S END – Denver’s own crime stopper Philip Van Cise

Philip Van Cise was born on October 25, 1884, in South Dakota, to Edwin and Adele Van Cise, where Edwin Van Cise was a practicing attorney. It was here, following the massacre at Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890, Edwin Van Cise served as one of the prosecuting attorneys during the trials. Ten years later, in […]

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 […]

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