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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, […]

Trail’s End – The Greatest Story Never Told: Sheep in Colorado and the American West

Trail’s End – The Greatest Story Never Told: Sheep in Colorado and the American West

It’s the start of summer and sheep are being moved into the high country, to graze all summer as they have done for hundreds of years. Sheep played an important part in helping settle the America West, although their role was less glamorous, macho and Hollywood-film-worthy than the cattle industry and its cowboy culture. The […]

Trail’s End – Tyler’s Rangers to the rescue

Trail’s End – Tyler’s Rangers to the rescue

In 1864, the small, scattered disputes between the Plains Indians and the settlers blew into a conflagration, eventually leading to the Sand Creek Massacre in late November. The match was what history has termed the “Hungate family massacre” near present-day Elizabeth on June 11, 1864. Historians may still debate the cause of the hostilities between […]

High, Wide and Handsome: The birth of Montana

High, Wide and Handsome: The birth of Montana

Montana celebrates two birthdays this year: becoming a territory on May 26, 1864, and achieving statehood on Nov. 8, 1889. Although separated by the fairly flat state of Wyoming, Colorado and Montana share several things in common, starting with their birth through gold discoveries. Colorado was the site of the first Rocky Mountain rush: the […]

Trail’s End – Colorado’s beloved Clara Brown

Trail’s End – Colorado’s beloved Clara Brown

Clara Brown was born into slavery, living the life of a slave until she was granted freedom in 1856. At age 59, Clara made the courageous trip westward for a new life. Near Lawrence, Kan., in April 1859, Clara managed to secure a passenger spot with a military troop escorting a 60-wagon caravan to the […]

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