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121 Years Ago The Cripple Creek Fires

121 Years Ago The Cripple Creek Fires

Just four years after Bob Womack discovered gold in the Cripple Creek region, the 1894 Cripple Creek Business Directory listed nearly 800 businesses in the thriving mining town. With such prosperity, city officials began making improvements to the growing city. Two reservoirs were completed, one near a hill, approximately 200 feet above the city’s main […]

Honoring Women’s History Month

Honoring Women’s History Month

Mamie Doud Eisenhower The First Lady’s Denver Years Denver’s own Mamie Doud Eisenhower was the First Lady of the United States and held the position with style and grace for both of her husband’s terms, from 1953 to 1961. One biographer said “…the world never really knew Mamie Eisenhower…as she was perceived as quiet and […]

Dinosaur Ridge

Dinosaur Ridge

  By Linda Wommack Ancient dinosaur prints and fossils have been found in the area known as Dinosaur Ridge for hundreds of years. In 1975, Dinosaur Ridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The following year the adjacent land, including the historic 1861 Rooney Ranch, was certified as a Jefferson County Landmark. […]

Hotel Hauntings

Hotel Hauntings

Of all the hotels in Colorado only 30 have achieved a listing on at least one, if not all categories of preservation status, including: 1) Listed with the National Register of Historic Places, 2) Listed with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 3) Listed with Colorado Preservation, Inc., or 4) Listed with city or county […]

TRAIL’S END – 101 Years of The Denver Western Stock Show

TRAIL’S END – 101 Years of The Denver Western Stock Show

The Wild West and Buffalo Bill Cody are synonymous when it comes to the adventurous American West. Arguably America’s first western showman, William F. Cody personified the West and endeared America as well as Europe to a by gone era. While Buffalo Bill’s frontier exploits are legendary, the time spent from his Pony Express days […]

The ghosts of Christmas past

The ghosts of Christmas past

Holiday has dark—even frightening—origins For most people, Christmas is a joyful time. Families gather around a tree (be it evergreen, spruce or plastic) for good food, gift giving, songs and all-around good cheer. Centered on childhood, religion and good old-fashioned commercialism, our Christmas is all about giving, loving and pleasing others, as it should be. […]

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 […]

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