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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...

 

Fountain Dam

Now that Colorado Springs has passed its wastewater fee, I think I ought to wander through a bit of history on such. There once was a plan drawn up of putting a dam on Fountain Creek near our fair...

 

Skelton Ranch

A couple years ago I mentioned the Skelton Ranch, as an early dude ranch. I have just come on a bit more information about the ranch, so today we will hear "The End." The Skelton ranch was a mystery...

 

Rhea Field

The name for the new air base, under construction in early 1942 had not been decided, other than Colorado Springs Air Field. One of the first names suggested was to honor Robert Rhea. He was an early...

 

Ever Hear of J.A. Burnside?

The name was new to me, but he was obviously well known in this area. His funeral was big news in 1942. He had left this area some 20 years before to live in Seattle, Washington. So who was he? He...

 

Changes In Town

The construction at Camp Carson brought many changes to this area, some good, some bad. In the crunch for housing, rents soared. Little tourist cabins, mainly used in the summer, were now full as...

 

Construction Problems

I ran across another related article about the construction of Camp Carson I thought I might share with you this week. The problems I will discuss, as seen in the spring of 1942 were a bit amusing,...

 

More Military News

The Year 1942 was one to remember. The announcement of the name choice, Camp Carson came in March, but April's news was also a big move. The Army was announcing new camps all over the west. Most of... Full 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...

 

Getting Started

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...

 

A Milepost

I have reached an interesting milepost. I have been writing this column for just over 20 years. By my records, the next column I write will be my one thousandth! I had no idea I would get this far...

 

An Interesting Gift

Recently I was given a book of amazing historical value. It is a 1900 Florence and Cripple Creek railroad Conductor’s book. This conductor was in charge of the main passenger train daily between... Full story

 

Mr. Flower?

In May 1899 Mr. R.P. Flower died in New York City. Now, what did that have to do with us? Well, it was ony a short paragraph in the newspaper here. He did have a bit of influence here. Do you know his...

 

The Great Fire

Back in 2013 there was a fire that all of us will remember, but before that there was a fire of about equal magnitude. My grandfather, as a child, lived in Monument, and this fire was one he...

 

A Novel Discovery

Corral Bluffs has recently been in the news, as a new city park. A distinction it certainly needs! This is one of our truly interesting spots. It has been on the verge of being destroyed several... Full story

 

The Grand Announcement

In mid-July 1941 an announcement came from Washington, DC that Colorado Springs, and the Pikes Peak Region was about to see a change that is still important to everyone in this area. A large Army... Full story

 

Down at the Station

I was reminded the other day about the convenience we have with our mail. In late August and early September, as recent as the 1960 's, was big for the mail, and the railroads. It was then that the...

 

In The Movies (Again)

I was watching television recently and it stirred me to do another column about television, the movies and our history. As I mentioned before, Gunsmoke was my favorite radio program. When they went...

 

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