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Hidden Gems

Tis the Season...

From "Park Hill Topic" newsletter October 13, 1933.
From "Park Hill Topic" newsletter October 13, 1933.
A football player poses in uniform near a house in Denver, Colorado. circa 1900
During a football game on Main Street Breckenridge circa 1900
circa 1903
circa 1910
Football squad Durango High School, Durango, Colo. circa 1930
Little American Football League in a gym in Denver, Colorado.  circa 1950

Want to know what a real circus is? Just go to a football game.

With the holidays in full swing I’ve realized that we as a country have developed unique traditions during this time of year.  Sure our holidays are still centered around family, friends

Best of the Box: Theodora Mussey Scrapbook

Theodora Mussey scrapbook cover
Pike's Peak cog wheel route flier
Santa Fe Route flier
Garden of the Gods postcard
"Let us begin at the top of the page" illustration
New Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs poster
First Baptist Church program

For this week's long overdue Best of the Box, I discovered a lovely scrapbook by Theodora Mussey, a piano teacher at the University of Denver. Compiled between 1900 and 1902, the Mussey scrapbook contains a number of clippings including programs from Denver music recitals and concerts, church bulletins, invitations and travel memorabilia.

You can check have a look at the Denver Public Library's catalog record for this item here

The Legend of Nettie Moore

The Legend of Nettie Moore
The Legend of Nettie Moore

 Sometimes finding a treasure is really more a matter of stumbling than strategic planning!

 

Baby Doe Tabor and The Matchless Mine

Page of Abstract Showing H.A.W Tabor's involvement in the purchase of the Matchless Mine.
Matchless Mine Abstract showing Baby Doe Tabor's involvement in the sale of the mine

"Hold on to the Matchless"

In 1935, 'Baby Doe' Tabor (a.k.a Elizabeth McCourt Tabor) died penniless and alone, frozen in a small one room cabin near Leadville, Colorado.

Early Steamboat Springs Visitors

Sheridan Hotel - Steamboat Springs Chamber Website Photograph
Early Steamboat Springs Visitors
Early Steamboat Springs Visitors
Early Steamboat Springs Visitors

The guest register for the first hotel in Steamboat Springs, Colorado contains the names of visitors from all over the United States.

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association image portrays the first hotel in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the Sheridan Hotel, located on Lincoln Avenue.

Let Us Entertain You

Exterior view of the Palace Theatre on 15th & Blake Streets in Denver circa 1885
"Hotel Metropole" and "Restaurant" written over front entrances.
Interior view of the Broadway Theatre circa 1900
View of 18th (Eighteenth) and California Streets in Denver, Colorado
Interior view of the Denham Theatre crica 1915
Signs read: "The Old Timers Hang Out," and "Eva Lang and the Denham Players."
"Harry Huffman's Tabor Now Musical Comedy," "F & C Shoes,"...
Interior view of the Tabor Theatre circa 1925

Another interesting aspect to the “amusements” in Denver were...

On a recent trip to my hometown in the Sierra Nevada’s I realized that I have become way too reliant on technology for entertainment.  I have to admit that I was very lost without a wireless c

Wild West Cowboys

Wild West Cowboys
Wild West Cowboys
Wild West Cowboys
Wild West Cowboys
Wild West Cowboys
Wild West Cowboys
Wild West Cowboys
Wild West Cowboys
Wild West Cowboys
Wild West Cowboys
Wild West Cowboys

Cowboy Comic Books: The stuff your mother warned you about - We've Got 'Em - Take a Look!

Testosterone-crazed teenaged boys in 2009 have a wide array of diversions for their spare energy - but 100 years ago, in 1909, the palette was rather more limited.

GI - General Index

The General Index is our most unique tool for Denver and Colorado history and biography. Researchers in the know often go slack-jawed or misty-eyed when they realize what they've discovered...

Sparkle From the Gilded Age

Sparkle From the Gilded Age
Sparkle From the Gilded Age
Sparkle From the Gilded Age
Sparkle From the Gilded Age
Sparkle From the Gilded Age
Sparkle From the Gilded Age

Peruse some of the delightful artwork from our collection of sheet music, and get a taste of days gone by. . .

The simple pleasure of music brings color, humor, wit, and a light heart today as it did 100 years ago.

Adventures in the Wild West

Just a little taste of some of the people that roamed the streets of Denver
Just a little taste of some of the people that roamed the streets of Denver
The streets of early Denver

What makes the Wild West really Wild?

When I think of the American West I often think of the ever so popular westerns of the 1950’s and 1960’s.  I have a mental picture of a cowboy wearing an oddly colored fringe shirt