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WHG Intern Kayla O'Grady is our Guest Writer!

Kayla O'Grady is a history intern from the University of Colorado-Denver, working in WHG this summer on various projects.

Fictitious Entries – Hunting for Paper Towns

How to Lie with Maps
1971 Boulder County
Fictitious Mount Richard

One perk of my job is that I’m constantly learning new things, usually thanks to being asked questions by library users. This week I had a really fun interaction that started with one of my favorite reference questions to date!

A summer writing camp group from the Metro Denver Promotion of Letters came to WH/G to talk about adventure and survival writing.

A 1913 Hotel Review

Field & Farm Hotel Review 1913

How did anyone know what accommodations to book or avoid before the days of online hotel reviews? The newspaper! Read on for the sharing of one intrepid traveler's hilariously bad hotel experience in 1913. 

With summer here, many among us are scouring travel sites to seek out reviews of the best hotels.

Photo Archive Friday

Car Lot on West Alameda
Fllod Battered W. Evans Bridge across Platte
W. Alemeda - west of the river

Rain, Rain, Please go away

OK, I know that I am not the only one in Colorado that feels this way. We had more than our share of rain in the last 4 days, with more to come this weekend.

Photo Archive Friday

Augie Mastrogiuseppi, Jim Hurt with Train crew
UP on Dent Branch, Frederick, Colorado s-185
UP on Dent Branch, Frederick, Colorado s-187
ATSF 5175 - 5163 inbound pushers, Gates Rubber s-430

August Mastrogiuseppi’s Collection is now organized and finding aid finished!

This is one of the most important Railroad collections that the Denver Public Library owns.

Photo Archive Friday

Royal Gorge Bridge and Train
One of the first Gondola cars
Royal Gorge Bridge and Gondola

Royal Gorge Bridge park is in peril from Wild Fires

Well, it seems to be that time of year again, "Wild Fire Season". With our first day of 100+ temperatures, we have four fires burning and thank goodness there are no fatalities.

Life on Colorado Rails: The American Passenger Car Era, 1930 to 1970

Life on Colorado Rails: The American Passenger Car Era, 1930 to 1970

Check out the wonderful new exhibit at the Colorado Railroad Museum!

Today's blog post is by Lauren Giebler, Curator of the Colorado Railroad Museum. She describes a great new exhibit at the museum that gives you a wi

Photo Archive Friday

The great race

Was this a fair race?

Here is a great image from the Otto Roach Photographic Collection C Photo Collection 67. 

Image shows a race between motorcyclists against skier. Wonder which one won.

Marbleous Marble, Colorado

Marble Quary Number 4 About the Time Lincoln Took Charge
View of Marble from the Road Leading to the Quarry
Marble Mill and Crane Support Pillars
From the Date History of Marble Colorado by Ruby Isler. Reminder Publishing Company. (1965?)

Marble for the Nation's Monuments

The little town of Marble, Colorado has had a big role in the construction of some of our country’s most hallowed monuments and important buildings.

Project Rulison or: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Natural Gas.

Rocky Mountain News, 11 November 1969, P. 1, 6
Denver Post, 16 December 1971, P. 28

From A-Bombs to Fracking in Mining

On September 10, 1969, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), in order to release natural gas deposits locked underground, exploded a 40-kiloton atomic bomb on Colorado’s Western Slope in what i