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Gunfighter's Moon

Shootout Renactment in Georgetown, CO
Pistols
Gunfighters

The Art of a Gun Fight

Legendary lawman Wyatt Earp once said that in order to survive a gunfight you didn’t need to be the fastest draw in town or even the quickest to unload your six gun.

Photo Archive Friday

Augie Mastrogiuseppi, Jim Hurt with Train crew
UP on Dent Branch, Frederick, Colorado s-185
UP on Dent Branch, Frederick, Colorado s-187
ATSF 5175 - 5163 inbound pushers, Gates Rubber s-430

August Mastrogiuseppi’s Collection is now organized and finding aid finished!

This is one of the most important Railroad collections that the Denver Public Library owns.

Photo Detectives Hard at Work

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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.

Hang 'em High

Outlaws
They Died with Their Boots On
Hanging of Gus Metzer
Outlaw: Benjamin J. Hodges
"Long" Steve Young Hanged

Justice Served Frontier Style

Today’s revisionist historians would have you believe that the West was not as wild and wooly as originally thought and was a relatively tame place.

Photo Archive Friday

Cutting through the ice for a look
Raising of the sub
View of the rocks used to sink it
sub with town folks and high school band

Raising up the Dead?

When does the raising of a submarine turn into a city event, including the local high school band members? Apparently on January 28, 1944, just such an event took place.

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.

A Fashionable Life: Gretchen Weber Johnson

Fashion illustrations by Gretchen Weber, n.d. C72-15
Gretchen Weber, 1937 (taken from The Denver Post)
Fashion illustrations by Gretchen Weber, n.d. C72-18

You may have heard of Vogue's Anna Wintour, but do you know the Denver Post fashion editor, writer, and illustrator who dictated Denver fashion for nearly 40 years?

In July 1958, Gretchen Weber was among the two hundred newspaper women in New York City scouting out couture collections for her fall 1958 fashion report.

Photo Archive Friday

Roy Best Acquitted
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Old Gray Mare Rh-1531
Warden Roy Best showing off Prison run kitchen
Warden Roy Best displaying bread made by prisoners

Roy Best holding up newspaper with the headline "Roy Best Acquitted"

This photo is from the Rocky Mountain News Negative Collection.

The Great White Way of America

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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.