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Last of the Three

I have related here how our military posts were established. One has been only lightly covered, as I have been searching for an exact date. Recently I found the last bit of information. I have been...

 

The Mill

I recently was asked about this building when I was up at Penrose Library reading the old newspapers. Since we have had a typically cold winter I thought I would tell this story again. I have done man...

 

A Visit with Emma

Recently I made a trip to Durango and dropped in to see an old friend, Emma Sweeny. Maybe you remember a column I wrote some years back about Emma and her movie roles, or even her stint on the old TV...

 

Falling From The Sky

I have told stories of the many training flights at early Peterson Airfield. Today is just a bit different, because these were some of the Air Force's biggest bombers of the time. A big B-29 bomber...

 

Sheep Problems

Back in the 1890's there was big business in sheep in this area. I found a story that goes to show just how strange this could get. The Seldomridge and Pebbles Company, of Colorado Springs had sheep...

 

A Look at Old Fountain

I recently read a description of Fountain as it was just before the turn of the Twentieth Century, 1891. There are some interesting things in it. Fountain was first considered a town in 1859, but not...

 

Our First Big Theft

Back in 1911 there was a branch office of the El Paso County Sheriff right here in Fountain. It was Harry Galbraith, and he watched the southern half of the county. He was not very busy, but he did...

 

New Bridge for Old

This is the sort of a new little concrete bridge, few notice. It replaces a big wooden railroad bridge that was a constant problem to the owners. It burned in fires at least twice. It is on what was...

 

That Other Incline

I have talked about the two inclines in Manitou several times in the past. I have also talked about the plan to build one up Cheyenne Mountain, long before there was a road up there, but this one is...

 

The Incline

I find it interesting that there are hundreds who walk up the old Mount Manitou Incline track bed, who do not even know that it was a strange railroad. Even before it was open to the public, it was a...

 

As Simple as Parking Your Car

In 1920 it was not that easy! In Colorado Springs, every summer thousands of tourists arrived, and they were driving here. There were all sorts of driving rules across the country. Each town had its...

 

A Few Driving Rules

I was in England this last month. Their driving is really different from here. The rules, road signs and traffic to be sure. I have discussed driving here before, but I thought this list I found might...

 

School Districts

I told this story some years ago, but I often get asked about the school districts and what the numbers mean. The county at one time had a superintendent, and the county was divided into community...

 

Hermit of Tenderfoot Hill

In 1914, a story surfaced in the Cripple Creek newspaper that was quite curious. It made not of a strange gent who lived up on the hill above Cripple Creek. The newspaper called him "The Hermit of...

 

A Winter Tale

With our recent flurry of rain, I am reminded, it could have been snow! Yes even I have seen massive amounts of snow right here, in September. Oh, then there were the October storms, mainly at...

 

Old Pueblo Road

With the activity on Old Pueblo Road, I thought I would repeat some story items about that road. It was the way we got to Pueblo before the 1930's and the "new" highway. It was not just to get to...

 

Horse Trouble

I've done stories about some of the stories of unusual characters I have learned about in the past, but this one might be about his horse! This one starts in police court in Colorado Springs in the...

 

Horse Trouble

I've done stories about some of the stories of unusual characters I have learned about in the past, but this one might be about his horse! This one starts in police court in Colorado Springs in the...

 

Trip to Town

My grandfather grew up on a farm in what is now part of Monument. He told us many stories about growing up there. One of my favorites was about going to the big city! A trip into town was like...

 

The Plaster Business in Manitou

I have talked about the plaster business in Manitou and Colorado City. In January, 1921 the Manitou plaster mill was just getting cranked up again. They used to say that Manitou was a "little...

 

Cars on Pikes Peak

This summer has been interesting for the crews who work at the shops along the highway up the mountain. No trains, except for an occasional maintenance train on the cog, lots of workmen at the new...

 

Body Found

I told this tale a few years back, but when I researched Fort Carson I found another item. This tale started in 1920. A fellow who was in the Pueblo County jail, escaped, and was suspected to have...

 

Man in the Private Car

In 1932 a private railroad car was set out at the Colorado Springs, Santa Fe station. Now this had happened regularly since the railroads were built. Usually the resident of the car would then take a...

 

Driving Problems

I have done a few stories about the changes to Colorado with the use of automobiles. There have been tales about how the roads changed, along with the advent of driving rules, but today I want to...

 

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