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A Rocky Mountain Christmas

A Rocky Mountain Christmas

By Linda Wommack There is nothing as magical as a snow white Rocky Mountain Christmas. Several mountain towns, many within an hours’ drive from Denver, offer shopping, dining and seasonal entertainment. Golden – The charming community of Golden offers a month-long holiday celebration. The “Olde Golden Christmas” includes festive activities such as elf-themed 5k runs, […]

Remembering Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

Remembering Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

Plans are made and tickets are bought for the thousands of now retired military personnel who served and saw the horror of enemy invasion at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. The 75th anniversary will take place at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 2007. It is an anniversary, an occasion, for these courageous men, now […]

TRAIL’S END – Denver’s Saint Joseph Hospital

TRAIL’S END – Denver’s Saint Joseph Hospital

Mother Xavier Ross of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, sent four Sisters to the Colorado Territory to begin a hospital. She gave them nine dollars and the challenge: “Look forward for what good there is yet to be.”  In 1873, Sister Joanna Bruner, along with Sisters Clare Bergen, The odora McDonald and Veronica […]

The Two Burials of Christopher “Kit” Carson

The Two Burials of Christopher “Kit” Carson

During the Christmas season of 1867, Christopher “Kit” Carson, his wife Maria Josefa Jaramillo Carson, and their six children moved to Boggsville, in the southeastern area of Colorado Territory. Carson had just been relieved of his command at Fort Garland, as the United States Army was trimming its forces. Thomas O. Boggs immediately offered his […]

Charles Goodnight: His trail & his chuckwagon

Charles Goodnight: His trail & his chuckwagon

If there ever was a quintessential pioneer, it would be Charles Goodnight. An Illinois native, born 1836, he moved with his family to Texas in the middle of a raging Indian war. By the age of 18, Goodnight had already earned a reputation as a noted scout and Indian fighter when he joined the Texas […]

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, […]

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