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How Saint Nick became Santa Claus

How Saint Nick became Santa Claus

By Rosemary Fetter The story of our beloved Santa Claus, the chubby little guy in the red, fur-trimmed suit, dates back to the fourth century, when legends arose around a Turkish bishop, later known as St. Nicholas. Born March 15, 270 A.D., in the Greek village of Patara (now in southern Turkey), Nicholas was still […]

150 Years Ago: Black Kettle & The Sand Creek Massacre

150 Years Ago: Black Kettle & The Sand Creek Massacre

As Black Kettle rode in solitude across the wind-blown prairie of eastern Colorado, his expression revealed the concern and worry of the elder Indian chief.  In the crisp autumn air of 1864, Black Kettle reflected on the bloody summer that had witnessed terror and murder across the plains. Roving bands of young Cheyenne and Arapaho […]

Trail’s End – Let’s talk turkeys and the poultry farms of Lakewood

Trail’s End – Let’s talk turkeys and the poultry farms of Lakewood

Today a burgeoning suburb, Lakewood sprouted from agricultural origins and for several decades reigned as a leading poultry producer. A few people still remember the day when the rural area was covered with vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, hayfields and dairy operations. Lakewood’s poultry farming became possibly the city’s longest lasting agricultural enterprise. One of the […]

Trail’s End – Lawmen and the Lawless

Trail’s End – Lawmen and the Lawless

In the closing years of the 19th century, Colorado faced economic doom and gloom. It all changed when a new gold rush revived the state in a little known area on the south side of Pikes Peak. In October 1890, a roaming cowpoke, Bob Womack, discovered an abundance of gold float in the low-flowing waters […]

Trail’s End – John Brisben Walker pioneered Denver’s entertainment industry

Trail’s End – John Brisben Walker pioneered Denver’s entertainment industry

By Rosemary Fetter A creative visionary who swept in and out of local history for more than half a century, John Brisben Walker, Sr. did more for Denver than many others whose names are etched on city streets, parks and buildings. Although some of his projects failed or developed into more grandiose schemes for which […]

Trial’s End – Colorado Colors

Trial’s End – Colorado Colors

Guanella Pass Scenic Byway As a Colorado native, I have taken many mountain drives during the aspen season since I was a child. All are beautiful, all over the state.  However, an often-overlooked scenic drive is just an hour from Denver, and perhaps one of the most colorful. The Guanella Pass Scenic Byway can be […]

Trail’s End – Inclines and Funicular Railways in Colorado

Trail’s End – Inclines and Funicular Railways in Colorado

One way to get up the mountain In the first few years of the 1900s, small tourist railways sprouted up on Colorado’s Front Range, creeping up steep slopes to carry tourists to spectacular summit views. Five funiculars and incline railways operated in the foothills west of Denver, at the foot of Pikes Peak and in […]

Trail’s End – Dead Man’s Canyon

Trail’s End – Dead Man’s Canyon

Tobin stops Espinosa brothers murderous rampage The Little Fountain Creek flows a quiet, gentle stream of clear Rocky Mountain water south into a canyon, meeting with Turkey Creek, approximately 12 miles south of Colorado City. A canyon that has forever been known as Dead Man’s Canyon, for it was in this canyon that one of […]

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, […]

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