From fires to frauds, haunted places to haunting words, and everything (well, lots of things) in between, the 2018 Western History and Genealogy blog had it all! Here are six of our favorite stories from the past year, with a bonus seventh for good luck!
Librarian James gives us an explosive tale (we couldn’t help ourselves!) in this story of the Continental Oil Company (Conoco) refinery conflagration on October 3, 1978.
Librarian Brian’s investigation of Colorado’s self-hanging machine shows us the triumphs and pitfalls of this late 19th century attempt to make executions more humane.
Shelver Chris’s descriptions of hucksters always a delight, but this one about George Hull’s false petrified “giant” reminds us that “fake news” has existed since time immemorial.
Finally we have an oldie but a goodie from December 2017 (I know, we're kind of cheating). Archivist Katie takes us on a tour through the Daniel’s and Fisher Department Store from the entrance to the tower.