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Who's the Baddest Man?!?

Soapy Smith
Soapy Dead
Soapy in the Skagway Saloon (Soapy in Center of Photo)

On the evening of July 8, 1898, a blazing flash of gun fire illuminated the summer night’s sky and sent the townsfolk of Skagway, Alaska into a panic.

American Indian Newspapers in Western History and Genealogy

Southern Ute Drum. February 20, 2013. Ignacio, CO: Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Front page.
Southern Ute Drum. February 20, 2013. Ignacio, CO: Southern Ute Tribe: Page 3.
Teton Times. February 20-27, 2013. Mobridge, SD. Front Page.
Lakota Country Times. February 27, 2013. Martin, SD. Page B1.

American Indian newspapers help American Indians keep abreast of tribal news across reservations both large and small.

Jack Dempsey: Colorado's Heavyweight Boxing Champion

Jack Dempsey and Estelle Taylor at Denver's Union Station
Jack Dempsey's Manassa, Colorado home
Montrose, Colorado around 1890

Did you know that World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey, the “Manassa Mauler,” was born in Manassa but also lived in many other Colorado towns?

Wo/Men at Work: Exploring Hard Work's Reward

Women at Work. Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2012. Cover
Women at Work. Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2012. Cover
Blunt, Judy. "Cooking From Scratch." Women at Work. Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2012. Cover
Powell, Ralph. "Everything's Dangerous." Women at Work. Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2012. Cover

This artfully designed, hand-bound book tells two stories of work during an era when what a person did or made was still considered more important than what he or she bought.

Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art in California

Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art in California by Justin Van Hoy. Pasadena, CA: Ammo Books. 2012. Front Cover.
Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art in California by Justin Van Hoy. Pasadena, CA: Ammo Books. 2012. Back Cover.

Retna’s art combines English and Spanish gang letters and the letter forms of Hebrew, Arabic and other alphabets into haunting paintings of calligraphic letters bleeding into one another, los

Muddy's Cafe: An Important Denver Institution

Front cover. Muddy's Chronicles: Memoirs From The Last Great Coffeehouse. Bill Stevens. Centipede Press: Lakewood, CO, 2008
Back cover. Muddy's Chronicles: Memoirs From The Last Great Coffeehouse. Bill Stevens. Centipede Press: Lakewood, CO, 2008

I was from a Western Slope town where we didn’t even have a café.

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.

The Sand Creek Massacre: 148th Anniversary

Camp Weld Council: Including Edward Wynkoop, Black Kettle, and Silas Soule
Sand Creek Massacre Marker

Today marks the 148th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, one of the most unfortunate events in Colorado and United States history. On November 29, 1864, 700 troops led by Colonel John M.