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 By Mel McFarland    Community    May 23, 2018 

Where the Buffalo Roam

Today there are many herds of Buffalo, preserved in South Dakota, Wyoming and here in Colorado. The situation was quite different a hundred years ago. An interesting story has turned up of the last...

 

Runaway Train?

I have told the story of the Great Fountain Disaster, and another train wreck or two, but this story has an unusual twist. For those who do not know, a freight train rolled down to Fountain and...

 
 By Mel McFarland    Community    May 9, 2018

A Visit to Colorado

Today I want to share a story taken from a newspaper column written in 1914 and published in Wisconsin! So as you read along, try to remember that! The story of the settlement of the Pike's Peak...

 
 By Mel Mcfarland    Community    May 2, 2018

An Old Trail To The Mountain

I get asked regularly how the soldiers who worked at the weather station up on Pikes Peak got there. I am also asked how Katharine Lee Bates got to the top. Curiously, about the same way. It also incl...

 

Another Look at Movies

I recently talked about a local spot used in a movie. I spent nearly four years in the Air Force, mainly near a little town in Wyoming. I know nearly everyone has heard of it, but as I go along here...

 

At The Cafe

In some of our towns one of the first businesses was a cafe, or some place to get a meal. I have traveled the great plains from Canada to Texas, and have this image of a typical plains town of the...

 

That Movie

Some of you may know several movies were filmed here, none recently. I drove down 115 to see where the fires were last month and I was reminded of one of them. I have talked about this one before, but...

 

Our Newspaper

Over the years I have done a couple stories about the newspapers of Fountain. Some of you may know that the primary paper here, before we started, was the Fountain Herald. Their office was in the...

 

Over-looking the Plains

For those who have good views out to the east, you may find it hard to believe that from Colorado Springs going east, you are going uphill until between Peyton and Calhan. Even how much higher...

 

Water in the Tank?

A steam locomotive requires water. In the days when the Short Line ran trains over what is now the Gold Camp Road, they had to stop several times for water. The steepest part of the trip was from...

 

Fountain Train Chase

Last week I talked about a train in Ute Pass, today it is Fountain's turn. No, I am not going to go over the Great Fountain Blast again. This story happened in the mid 1980's. I actually got to see...

 

Fun In Ute Pass

You may wonder, if you drive up Ute Pass to Cripple Creek, if the railroad ever had problems with trains running away. An 1890's Colorado Springs newspaper story reported an exciting incident which...

 

A Winter to Remember

Since we have had a pretty pleasant winter so far, I thought I would talk about the Winter of 1899. That was a pretty rough winter, even by Colorado standards. It all started with a big blizzard in...

 

Down The Road

Down The Road I recently was given a box of old newspaper clippings by one of my readers. Some of these were 50 years old. In going through them I was reminded of several stories I have done before,...

 

At The Race Track

Well, no, not that race track. Starting in the early 1950’s Colorado Springs had a drag strip. Some of the early racers wanted a safer place to test their cars, off city streets. Now, if you do not know what a drag strip is, I will explain....

 

Some Old Towns

In the start of the opening of Colorado, when they discovered gold in what is now downtown Denver, there were three little towns that popped up in this area. The first was Colorado City, now part of...

 

One Old Man

As more people arrive, who know little about our interesting history, I thought I would tell this story about the name of one of the casinos in Cripple Creek. This one carries the name of the man who... Full story

 

Time To The Hidden Room

Years ago I bought an old book on architecture at a book sale in Hawaii. The reason I bought it was that in it was a floor plan of the Broadmoor Hotel. The book dated from about 1920 and the hotel,...

 

Time To Reflect

Now that the year end holidays are finished, how about thinking about the past a bit? In the recent weeks we have had weather to consider. It has been warm for a while, then the real winter will...

 

A Holiday Problem

This being the Holiday season, perhaps you might remember this old column! In the holiday season a few celebrations were different during the Prohibition era, almost a hundred years ago. Out on a farm... Full story

 

Train In Trouble

I recently saw this item from an 1898 Pueblo newspaper. Word was the engineer and passengers of a Denver and Rio Grande train had a novel experience a few years back. Nobody said anything about it,...

 

Train In Trouble

I recently saw this item from an 1898 Pueblo newspaper. Word was the engineer and passengers of a Denver and Rio Grande train had a novel experience a few years back. Nobody said anything about it,... Full story

 

More Carson Stories

A 1943 story in the local newspaper includes a trip that many of today's soldiers might enjoy. It seems that as part of their training a few maneuvers were scheduled. Before I get into this story,...

 

That Bridge!

This is an interesting story to me because I have talked about this subject before, but I thought by 1943 it was quiet. Well, it will be familiar, maybe, after you hear this story. In an earlier story...

 

Getting Started

The contract with the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad was barely dry when people started wondering when work would start. Right away the problem was, where it would start. Some of the early...

 

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