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In the Old West, gambling wasn’t only a past time, but a way of life. The action in those bustling smoke filled saloons and gambling halls across Colorado was quite different than the gambling establishments of today. In the Old West, gambling wasn’t only a past time, but a way of life. Gambling became a raging fever, and violence frequently erupted over the poker tables from Deadwood to Tombstone. Colorado, somewhere in the middle of the geography, experienced its share of violence as well.
As spring melts into summer, the start of a beloved tradition begins. Kids look forward to a week in the woods – bunked in cabins, surrounded by new-made friends and experiencing new things. Scattered through the mountains and also pocketed in urban and suburban locations, outdoor camps are a source of joy and fond memories.
One hundred years ago, mainly wealthy families owned their own homes. That would soon change. The creative vision of New York furniture maker Gustav Stickley inspired Craftsman furniture design and launched one of the greatest affordable American house styles, the Craftsman bungalow. Stickley had witnessed the Arts and Crafts Movement in England, begun by […]
With Women’s History Month upon us, let’s take a look at a little lady who captured the image of hundreds of Colorado’s declining mining camps and districts, preserving them on paper before, one by one, these picturesque places were lost to fire, flood, avalanche, vandalism, mining expansion – or even rampant growth.
She was the first African American female soldier to serve The story of Cathay Williams is one of triumph over tragedy. Through it all, she broke an unbelievable barrier, albeit undetected at the time, and thus discarded by many historians. An unfortunate oversight, as this woman is the only documented African American woman who served […]
Next count set for Feb. 17-20 Many Colorado bird lovers enjoyed a unique holiday tradition – counting birds. The annual Christmas Bird Count started 112 years ago, launched by ornithologist Frank Chapman as an annual event to observe, count and help protect American bird species. On Christmas Day, 1900, 27 bird counters across the country […]
By Rosemary Fetter The observance of Kwanzaa (or Kwanza) is a relatively recent addition to the holiday season that has roots in African traditions and culture. Although there is no comparable celebration in Africa, the observance from Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 combines several different year-end African harvest festivals, including the Ashanti […]
By Linda Wommack Colorado’s Victorian mountain hamlets are particularly charming during the holiday season. The cold crisp air and glistening snow lend to the atmosphere and scenery, as do the festive decorations, bright lights, music, and hustle and bustle of the busy streets. There seems to be something magical, nostalgic and very special about visiting, […]
By Cathleen Norman The story of Pueblo, the largest community in southern Colorado and a leading industrial city since its very beginning, is an interesting one. With a population of 107,000, Pueblo is the state’s seventh largest city. Hispanic/Latino citizens make up 44 percent of the residents, a legacy of both abundant agricultural activity in […]
By Linda Wommack He came from humble beginnings and became a colonel. He lost his wife in an Apache raid, yet became an adopted member of the Utes. He served in the Civil War and later under Col. Christopher “Kit” Carson. He was a man for his time, and left as a Colorado legendary hero. […]