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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.

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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.

The Art of Exploration

CG4311 1877.U5 1881 Sheet XVII
CG4311 1877.U5 1881 Sheet XX
CG4311 1877.U5 1881 Sheet XVII
CG4311 1877.U5 1881 Sheet XVII
CG4311 1877.U5 1881 Sheet XVII
CG4311 1877.U5 1881 Sheet XVII
CG4311 1877.U5 1881 Sheet XVII

Historic Hayden Survey of the West Goes Digital

The storied Hayden Geological Survey of 1871 not only vastly expanded our knowledge of the American West with a detailed and precise atlas of the territory, it joined the talents of some of the gre

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One beautiful car

This is the Grover Special made for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

The Grover Special was quite the race car built for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

Nat Love: A True Original

Deadwood Dick

"If a man can't go out in the blaze of glory, he can at least go with dignity." - Nat Love

Born a slave in Davidson County, Tennessee in 1854 Nat Love grew up to be a man that led an amazing life.

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Inside of a train engine

Ever wonder what the inside of a train engine looks like?

This is just what the doctor ordered if you’ve ever been interested in what exactly the insides of a train looks like

This photograph was taken inside the Santa Fe Roundhouse at Emporia, Kansas. It shows what the inside of a 3160 class engine looks like.

The photo taken in 1937.

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Wow a very large fish

Something fishy is going on here. Can you imagine the fish story this man told. It might have been one of the few that was actually correct!

This is one majorly large fish, too bad the Sturgeon isn’t an eating fish. I wonder how many people this one could feed. Bet they cleaned up on the caviar market though.