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Dandies, Wags, and Characters


Daring personalities, pioneer panache, and questionable sartorial choices...

Our photo collection has thousands of portraits of men, women and children, many unidentified.

Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee Campsite
Chief Spotted Elk Dead
Wounded Knee after Battle
Gathering of the Dead
Mass Grave at Wounded Knee

A Sad Tragedy 

On a cold winter’s day in late December 1890, the last conflict of the American Indian Wars took place. On the day before the event, a detachment of the U.S.

Toast of the Town: The Denver Bread Company (1916-1945)

Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924
View of the Denver Bread Co. (600 W. 12th Avenue) by Louis Charles McClure, MCC-3774
Dessert toast recipes from Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924
Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924

A Return to the Days Before Sliced Bread  

A fun, new addition to DPL’s Western History and Genealogy Department is Toast and Its Various Uses<

Photo Archive Friday

Big Thompson Flood 1976 Aerial
Flood damage
washed out road
car stranded in rushing water
new warning signs

This week was the 37th Anniversary of the Big Thompson Flood

The 37th Anniversary of the Big Thompson Flood of 1976, the most deadly flash flood in Colorado history, was observed on Wednesday.

The Original Regulators

Billy the Kid
Young Guns

Straight Outta' Lincoln County

Before Warren G, Doctor Dre, and Snoop Doggy Dog had a stint as modern day "regulators"; there was Billy the Kid, Doc Scurlock, and Jose Chavez y Chavez. The original Regulators.

Found in the Archives: Ina Zager Bookmark Collection

United States Bicentennial bookmark, 1976
American Cancer Society bookmark, 1964
Danielle Steel bookmark, 1982

Bookmarks Hold a Place in Our History.

Long before a “bookmark" was a shortcut to a spot in an eBook or a link to a favorite website, it was an actual object—a treasured placeholder to mark one’s progress in a paperback or hard

Eater of Man

Alferd Packer
Alferd Packer

The Case of Alferd Packer

In the late fall of 1873 a group of 21 men left Provo, Utah looking to make their fortune in the Colorado gold field. Amongst the group of 21 was a man named Alferd (also known as Alfred) Packer.

Photo Archive Friday

Philip Van Cise
Lou Blonger
Adolph Huff

The Bunko Squad is going to get their man

Did you know that back in the 1920's Denver had one of the top Bunko Squads in the U.S.

Denver's Needlework Guild

From left to right: Nancy Joyce Woodward and Dorothy Bell Joyce, 1937
Newspaper clipping from scrapbook, 1932
Scrapbook page from the 1960s

Charity Outfitted Needy in New Garments for Nearly 120 Years

There is something surprising about Western History and Genealogy’s collection of records from the Denve