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TRAIL’S END – It all began in Victor, Colorado

TRAIL’S END – It all began in Victor, Colorado

Within a few short years of the gold strike on the south side of Pikes Peak, a young boy arrived with his parents in what was known worldwide as the “Richest Gold Camp On Earth.” He would eventually make his name known worldwide as well. He was Lowell Thomas, the renown radio commentator. The Cripple […]

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS – A ranch in Wyoming and Utah: The women of Neponset

WESTERN FOOTPRINTS – A ranch in Wyoming and Utah: The women of Neponset

Eliza Maria Capen Chapman Cinders and soot were sent through the train from the coal-run engines. It must have been hard to keep a baby protected and clean on the three-day trip. Eliza Maria Capen Chapman was taking her babe-in-arms, Clara “Ruth” Chapman (born in 1886), from Canton, Massachusetts, to form the nucleus of the […]

TRAIL’S END – The heart of Valentine’s Day

TRAIL’S END – The heart of Valentine’s Day

Perhaps the brightest spot in February, along with this year’s Super Bowl, will be Valentine’s Day, highly anticipated by some and dreaded by others. The story behind some of our traditions is complicated and somewhat confusing, as is love itself. The Greeks and the Romans considered lust and romantic love important enough to assign several […]

TRAIL’S END – A Tribute to the Celluloid Cowboy

TRAIL’S END – A Tribute to the Celluloid Cowboy

In honor of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo During the early years of the 20th century, as the frontier vanished into history, the myth of the romantic American West began to take hold throughout the country. The image of the cowboy hero, inspired by Owen Wister’s book The Virginian, and Zane Grey’s Spirit […]

TRAIL’S END – Welcoming the New Year!

TRAIL’S END – Welcoming the New Year!

New Year’s is an ancient celebration that goes back at least as far as the Babylonians more than 4,000 years ago. Their New Year actually began in March on the first day of spring and was celebrated for several days. The Romans continued this tradition with the spring festival of Lupercalia, but their calendar eventually […]

TRAIL’S END – Holidays at the movies

TRAIL’S END – Holidays at the movies

For most of us, seasonal plans usually include involve a trip to the movies at some point. This year’s offerings, which range from Alvin and the Chipmunks Road Trip to The Hateful Eight, include the much-awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set to break records when it debuts this month.  While we are sure to […]

TRAIL’S END – Thanksgiving stories you probably never heard

TRAIL’S END – Thanksgiving stories you probably never heard

On Thanksgiving Day, we express gratitude for all blessings we enjoy, an action that most of us should perform more frequently. Unlike other American holidays, Thanksgiving is solely about food, family, friendship and, of course, football. Technically, it celebrates the legendary feast enjoyed by the Pilgrims, a religious Separatist sect that set sail from England […]

TRAIL’S END – Yoga at the Grange

TRAIL’S END – Yoga at the Grange

Built by farming communities, these humble structures live on Have you heard of the Grange? At one time in Colorado – and elsewhere in the U.S – wherever there was rural agriculture there was a grange unit and a grange hall. During the Colorado Grange’s first century, 1872-1972, farmers and ranchers organized 492 local granges […]

TRAIL’S END – Spiritualism: Talking to the dead in the Old West

TRAIL’S END – Spiritualism: Talking to the dead in the Old West

Most people love a good ghost story, particularly around Halloween. The spirits have experienced a renaissance during the past few years, with books available on hauntings in every possible locale and TV programs starring ghost hunters and their prey. Theories abound regarding the nature of these apparitions, and paranormal societies and researchers can be found […]

TRAIL’S END – Columbus Day still inspires controversy

TRAIL’S END – Columbus Day still inspires controversy

Colorado was the first to make Columbus Day a state holiday Over the past few years, controversy over Columbus Day in the United States has escalated to the point where some cities and even states have changed the name of the holiday to Indigenous People Day. Perhaps the most ignored holiday on the calendar, when […]