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The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

A monument castle atop a mountain High atop Cheyenne Mountain, at 8,000 feet above sea level, overlooking Colorado Springs, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun commands a spectacular panoramic view of the Pikes Peak region. Spencer Penrose, who had become a millionaire with Cripple Creek gold, was a generous man. Penrose had established the […]

Ouray’s ballplayer: Smoky Joe Wood

Ouray’s ballplayer: Smoky Joe Wood

‘Nobody Threw the Ball Harder’ In the 1890s, the silvery San Juans were filled with miners who lived in towns with strong community ties. Towns such as Silverton, Telluride and Ouray boasted churches, schools and ball fields. America’s favorite pastime was not just the rage of an era, it was a passion of the players […]

Trail’s End – Boardinghouses in Colorado

Trail’s End – Boardinghouses in Colorado

My home for the present time  You step off the train in a new town, circa 1890. You need a safe and clean place to live for a week or a month or maybe longer. Where do you stay? For a reasonable rate, a boarding house would provide you with a furnished sleeping room and three […]

Trail’s End – Thomas Fitzpatrick: An Irishman among the Indians

Trail’s End – Thomas Fitzpatrick: An Irishman among the Indians

Many Irish immigrants to America in the early 19th century fled poverty, religious oppression, and government tyranny. America represented freedom, dreams of success, and new beginnings. For one 17-year-old Irish immigrant, America gave him those opportunities and much more – an the untamed American West. Thomas Fitzpatrick was born in County Caven, Ireland, in 1799. […]

Trail’s End – The Gable House

Trail’s End – The Gable House

Durango’s Victorian Diamond By Linda Wommack James Schutt was a wealthy businessman by the time he built his grand home in 1892. When the town of Durango was established, Schutt established one of the first of the three mercantile stores, as well as a flour mill. The Victorian mansion, located at 805 5th Ave., was […]

Trail’s End – 150 Years Ago: The Indian Raids of Julesburg

Trail’s End – 150 Years Ago: The Indian Raids of Julesburg

  In 1859, Jules Beni, a French trader, established Julesburg as a trading post along the South Platte River in the northeastern corner of Colorado. From the beginning, this was an important stop along the Overland Trail, although the trail only crossed this small section of what would become Colorado. Yet the north/south fork of […]

Trail’s End – Cowboy Hats and Stetson − Get your cowboy on

Trail’s End – Cowboy Hats and Stetson − Get your cowboy on

The National Western Stock Show, the granddaddy and Super Bowl of stock events, proves that Denver is indeed still a cow town, at least once a year. The two-week stretch is a fun time to dress western and dust off your cowboy hats. But, let’s remember that cowboy hats are not just for looking like […]

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 […]

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