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The Early Days of the Automobile

Though 1886 is generally considered the birth year of the modern automobile, with the introduction of the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, the Model T Ford was the first car that was affordable for middle-c

The Last Outlaw of the West

Earl Durand
Posse Chasing Durand
Men Killed by Durand
Durand Dead

A Tale of a Depression Era Desperado 

On the evening of March 13, 1939 near Cody, Wyoming, Earl Durand – a mountain man who lived off the land – killed several out-of-season elk in Wyoming’s northern wilderness.

Photo Archive Friday

Mabel Strickland
Cheyenne Frontier Days 1929 cover

My Favorite Cowgirl of All Time - Mabel Strickland

Fall is shaping up real nice here in the Rockies. State Fairs are in full swing and the rodeos are coming to town. Speaking of rodeos, this brings to mind my favorite cowgirl, Mabel Strickland.

Skinwalkers, Wendigos, and the Witchery Way

Alferd Packer
Jeffery Dahmer
Alferd Packer

Just in time for Halloween!

As myths and legends of monsters and ghouls have been perpetuated through the ages, it is interesting to note that many do not have American origins. But there are some hellish legends that do.

Demons In Our Midst

Bloody Benders Graves
Benders Mass Graves
Charles "Big Phil the Cannibal" Gardner

True Tales of Ghouls from the Past

As Halloween approaches this year, people have begun to put out their ghoulish decorations, prepare their hellish costumes and stay up to the wee hours of the morning watching the myriad of horror

Photo Archive Friday

Photo Archive Friday
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Happy Oktoberfest

I have to admit that October is one of my favorite months of the year. So many things are happening here in Denver. After such a hot summer, it’s great to get some cooler weather moving in.

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in Colorado

St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty Oct. 1918 Influenza epidemic. Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs.
Description of Leadville during the 1918 pandemic. From History of Influenza Outbreak (1918) in Colorado, C MSS -M1208
Influenza Mortality Table for Leading Cities published in "Denver Municipal Facts," November 1918.

Need Motivation For A Flu Shot? A Killer Pandemic Turns 95

In 1918, a powerful strain of influenza (nicknamed “Spanish Flu” and “La Grippe”) spread swiftly throughout the world.

Spectacular Book Covers of the 19th Century

Ballads of a Cheechako

Eye Catching Book Covers of Yore

They say "Don't judge a book by its cover," but book makers have always known that platitudes aside, the cover of the book is often what catches people's interest and influences their decision to m

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Sign and male mob
Suffrage march from New York to Washington DC
Suffrage march from New York to Washington DC
on the steps of the DC library

Women’s March on Washington

Everyone has heard of the March on Washington that involved Martin Luther King, but did you know that there was an early one made up by female suffragettes?