Western History & Genealogy Blog


Weird Photo Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

It takes two handlers to move me!

Custom clothes, custom handlers, all you can eat buffet, living the life! A movie star? Nope!

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!

Metropolitan Building MCC-1614
Storefronts at the Metropolitan Building MCC-1614
Ghost Cars
Ghost Cars
Pediment of the Metropolitan Building MCC-1614

Ghosts in the Machine

Glass plate negatives, the state of the art in the 1890s, when they were done just right, could provide almost as much detail as today's digital cameras.

Weird Macabre Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Weird Macabre Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

More Macabre from the West!

It's been awhile since Weird Macabre Wednesday has poked it's head up.

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Snow on Independence Day, July 4th!

Snow on July 4th? Who would have thought?

Photo Detectives Hard at Work


Sharp Eyed Customers Upgrading our Database

In our collection of some half a million photographs, many of them have nothing at all written on them, front or back, and we have to do research to find out where and when the photo was taken.

Chipeta: "Queen of the Utes" and Wife of Ouray

Chipeta: Queen of the Utes: A Biography by Cynthia Becker and P. David Smith. Montrose: Western Reflections, 2003.
After The conclusion Of The Brunot Treaty, 1873.
Chipeta At Camp On Uintah Reservation
Chipeta's Brother McCook Near Her Tomb In Montrose, Colorado

When Chipeta was first called Queen of the Utes, the term was meant in a derogatory way by a Rocky Mountain News reporter who described her presiding over Ute “vermin” in her buckskin.

Weird Photo Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Weird Photo Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Someone got carried away with the paint!

The question for today...what was the painter thinking? "Whoa boy" not only works for the donkey, but also the person with the paint can!

Denver's Dinner with Charles Lindbergh, 1927

Front cover of Lindbergh dinner menu, 1927
Feast fit for Charles Lindbergh, 1927
Cosmopolitan Hotel, Denver, circa 1926. L. C. McClure Collection, MCC-2831
Advertisement for Original Manitou Pale Dry Champagne, 1927

What does one serve when Lucky Lindy drops in for a bite?

According to a 1927 Denver Post article, Colonel Charles Lindbergh did not like to eat in his airplane—even during very long trips. He claimed to not desire food when flying.

The Great White Way of America


Denver’s Curtis Street Theater District and its Glittering Past

As early as 1873, Curtis Street in Denver was “the place to go” for theatrical entertainment.

Weird Macabre Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Weird Macabre Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Another macabre photo from the dark side of Denver history!

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