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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.

Buffalo Bill Cody vs. Wild Bill Hickok

Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok
Buffalo Bill Cody
Wild Bill Hickok
Dead Man's Hand

Who’s who? Do you know the difference?

If you don’t know the difference between the two men here are some entertaining facts about each to help you know who is who:

Photo Archive Friday

Royal Gorge Bridge and Train
One of the first Gondola cars
Royal Gorge Bridge and Gondola

Royal Gorge Bridge park is in peril from Wild Fires

Well, it seems to be that time of year again, "Wild Fire Season". With our first day of 100+ temperatures, we have four fires burning and thank goodness there are no fatalities.

Flying Saucers Over Denver!

Rocky Mountain News. 7 July 1947. Front page.
Rocky Mountain News. 7 July 1947. Page 5.
UFO Watchtower in Hooper, Colorado. AUR-829

On July 6, 1947, people from all around the Denver area reported seeing flying saucers in the sky, moving at incredible speeds and making impossibly sudden and exact turns.

Photo Archive Friday

Hollywood Icon

Omar Sharif visits Denver to promote his new movie "Dr. Zhivago"

 

Photo shows Rocky Mountain News Photographer, Harry M. Rhoads; Rocky Mountain News reporter, Francis Melrose; Actor, Omar Sharif and two unidentified men during a photo shoot.

Red with Murder

Frank and Jesse James

Frank James (1843-1915) and Jesse James (1847-1882) were both born in Clay County, Missouri. The brothers, through legend, became two of the most celebrated outlaws of all time.