Western History & Genealogy Blog


A Denver House That Inspired A Horror Film

Residence at 1739 East 13th Avenue, between 1893 and 1910. Photo by Joseph Collier. C-117

In The Spirit of Halloween, Ghostly Tales from a Cheesman Park Residence

The 1980 film The Changeling is based on the paranormal events Russell Hunter experienced wh

Weird Photo Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Monkey Love!

Let's not monkey around, I think this man loves his monkey. Now don't read anymore into this!

So Many Fun Stores ~

Soda Fountain at Home Public Market

Let's Go Shopping!

Going to get groceries is something almost everyone experiences, and remembers doing all their lives.

Weird Photo Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Does the government shutdown drive you crazy? 

Congress has an approximate approval rating of 5%.

Snapshots of the Modern Past


Lloyd Rule's Photographs Peek into Idyllic Times

Another of the lesser known Colorado photographers represented in our database is Lloyd Warren Rule, a commercial photographer who after serving in the Army during World War II and Korean War, and

Lillybridge's Everyday People


Defying Adversity, Charles Lillybridge Captured the Soul of an Era

Many of the photographers in our database are reknowned as national figures, and many others are private individuals who enjoyed the new technology of photography as a hobby.

Weird Photo Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Have you seen my mummy! I can't find her anywhere!

This person must really be hurt to have this many bandages on them! Or the person is a good sport, being wrapped up like this.

Denver Garden Club Lantern Slides


Disaster Relief in the form of Pretty Pictures

Ten days ago, I was planning to do a blog entry on "Colorado's History of Floods," of which we have many pictures, but recent events have changed my mind.

Weird Photo Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Frock out! Freak out! 

Three exotic dancers having fun! These women seem to take delight in their wonderful and exotic costumes. In this Harry Rhoads photograph we see them showing off their costumes.

NEW! Exhibit: Back to School in the Archives

Elementary students sit around a table while a boy and girl write on chalkboard.
Cole Junior High student in laboratory, January 1938. WH1990
Stedman School kindergarten students using hand tools, circa 1930. WH1990

Go back in time to an era when typing class was mandatory and kindergartners were taught hand saw safety!


Pop quiz! How did kids let loose on the playground in 1910? Were there actually horse-drawn school wagons before buses? Just how big was a computer in a 1980 high school computer class?