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Trail’s End – Sheds and Shacks, Cabins and Cottages

Trail’s End – Sheds and Shacks, Cabins and Cottages

Colorado’s first tiny houses The tiny house movement that has captured everyone’s attention is actually a revival of a popular necessity from generations back. It’s fun to remember that the earliest Coloradans lived in very small houses too. When the prospectors arrived during the1859 Pikes Peak or Bust gold rush, some brought their own dwelling place […]

Trial’s End – The Denver Anti-Chinese Riots of 1880

Trial’s End – The Denver Anti-Chinese Riots of 1880

  During the 1880s racial tensions in Denver had been brewing for quite some time. With the strong economy many immigrants came for employment opportunities, competing for jobs that common American laborers were also seeking. Added to this tension were the labor organizers who also wanted to capitalize on the state’s growing economy. Very early […]

Trail’s End – George M. Wallace, Denver Tech Center pioneer

Trail’s End – George M. Wallace, Denver Tech Center pioneer

The father of the booming Denver Tech Center, George MacKenzie Wallace came from a middle class family, the eldest of three sons in a strict Scottish-Presbyterian family. His father, a construction superintendent “with strong old world principles,” taught him the value of hard work. According to a 1974 interview, he sold newspapers at age 10 […]

Trail’s End – Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo kicks up its heels for its 75th

Trail’s End – Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo kicks up its heels for its 75th

The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has been a summer tradition for three-quarters of a century, blossoming from a rodeo event staged by flamboyant businessman and civic visionary Spencer “Speck” Penrose. Using wealth accumulated from Cripple Creek gold and Utah copper mining, multi-millionaire Penrose had built Colorado Springs’ lavish Broadmoor Hotel and blasted the auto […]

Trail’s End – A Colorado Classic: The Central City Opera

Trail’s End – A Colorado Classic: The Central City Opera

On July 16, 1932, as sunset pinked the Colorado sky above Virginia Road, a curious sight greeted rural motorists. Chauffeur-driven limousines were creeping up the dirt road to Central City, a near-ghost town since its gold rush days. The cream of Denver society, garbed in glamourous 1870s attire, had come out to celebrate a landmark […]

Trail’s End – Preserving Colorado: A story of successes and losses

Trail’s End – Preserving Colorado: A story of successes and losses

Have you hugged your favorite landmark lately? This is your reminder that May is Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month, and a great time to enjoy your local heritage experience in your hometown. This month – and anytime of the year – tours, visits and events help you celebrate the architecture and sites that convey […]

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. […]

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