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 By Mel McFarland    Community    June 21, 2017 

Snow Problem

I ran across an interesting snow clearing problem from back in 1889. I have heard of this happening out on the eastern plains of Colorado, and even on the lines south of Denver, about a hundred years...

 

From The Summit

In June, 1889 a new attraction was opened in this area. The latest achievement by the builders of local attractions was the construction of a carriage road to the very summit of Pike's Peak, 14,148...

 

A Race With A Train

I have done tons of stories about the train, how about another? Taking the train was once a way of life. If you wanted to travel any distance in a hurry, you went by train. As I have told you, Fountai... Full story

 

One That Did Not Make It

Not all the railroads dreamed up actually got built, even when the idea came from an experienced railroad man. From October, 1889 comes the story of a railroad that was never built. By 1900 there...

 

Purely Poetic

Cy Warman was a well known poet of the area a hundred years ago. He was, among other things a railroader, of the type called a "boomer". He worked on various railroads for various lengths of time. In...

 

A Daring Robbery

I ran across this little tale in the 1889 newspapers and thought I would share it. Today the town is normally quiet, but this tale is right out of an old western movie. Florissant, a little city on...

 

One That Did Not Make It

Not all the railroads dreamed up actually got built, even when the idea came from an experienced railroad man. From October, 1889 comes the story of a railroad that was never built. By 1900 there...

 
 By Mel McFarland    Community    May 3, 2017

A Deer Problem

A few years back they banned hunting on the Air Force Academy. The deer had become quite tame, and unafraid of people and their pets. After a few years they found they had a deer population that was e...

 

The Military Highway

Back in 1940 there were proposals for a new highway across Colorado. The amazing Pennsylvania Turnpike had just opened and the “super highway” was introducing the country to the next generation of...

 

A New Train

In the late 1930’s all sorts of improvements were coming to transportation. The automobiles of the late 1930’s were quite different than those of merely ten years before. The changes in aircraft... Full story

 

The Bates Ranch

This story dates from the late 1930's when an interesting bit of history was made public. The ranch, near present day Security, had been settled in the early days of the Civil War. J.W. Bates had...

 

A Big New Business

In March, 1939 an announcement for a new business was made. This new industry was actually similar to an already flourishing business in nearby Colorado Springs. The Van Briggle pottery had started... Full story

 

Moving Time

I was recently talking to one of my readers about things I could write about, and she gave me this idea. I used to hear stories from my grandfather, and my uncles about moving. My grandfather and his...

 

Stone for Good Use

I ran across an interesting bit of information. First here is a story from 1889. The Western Granite company of Colorado has a large force of men at work at their quarries at Fisher, a few miles... Full story

 

A MIDLAND ACCIDENT

Reports of accidents occurring on the Midland, was often big news in the newspapers of the day. It seems that excitement of any kind was big news, just like today! I thought I might share with you...

 

Pests

There were stories about all kinds of pests a hundred years ago. My favorite, and one of the first I learned about was the grasshopper infestations. Yes, they happened a bunch of times. Another that a...

 

How Do You Keep Them?

There is an old saying about, How are you going to keep them down on the farm, after they have seen Paris! Which dates from World War One. This story is just about a few boys and their idea as to...

 

Heard of Wild Horse Park?

I have known of Wild Horse, Colorado for many years, out toward Eads. I also know of another just north of Buena Vista. This one is new to me. While reading a 1939 newspaper there was a story about th...

 

More Problems

Last time I talked about the start of using house numbers. There is more to this than meets the eye. I like to tell the story of Old Colorado City, which in 1917 became part of Colorado Springs. When the vote was taken to merge, there were big...

 

Street Addresses

Back in the 1920’s the post office had a real problem. Up to that point they really did not deliver mail to houses. Unless you were a really big business, they expected everyone to go to the post...

 

Cobweb Express

You may remember years ago I did several stories about the Skelton Ranch near Divide. It was one of several early Dude Ranches in this area. Dude Ranches were where easterners found a taste of...

 

Fire at Santa Fe Station

I have a lot of fun reading old newspapers. This story quickly attracted my attention for several reasons. As I share this with you, remember World War II was already going on in Europe. There was a...

 

Snow

You have probably heard enough about snow, but we are not even halfway through. One of my favorite subjects, after eating places, is what happens to TV weather. I read the old newspapers and it is...

 

A Wanden Story

You may not remember Wanden La Farge, who during World War II was mayor of Fountain. I remember her quite well, as I had her granddaughter, who also carried the name Wanden, at Fountain Middle...

 

The Telephone Office

Years ago I talked about the telephone office up on Main Street. It was where the Fountain switchboard ladies worked. That all changed in 1939. Today most of us remember how to use a dial telephone. T...

 

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