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 By Mel McFarland    Community    March 13, 2019 

The Fast Train

I told this story a few years ago, but recently I was asked about the timing of train rides from Pueblo to Denver. In October, 1901 the Colorado and Southern made their fastest trip to Colorado Spring...

 

Tales Of The Buffalo

I was recently asked about this story. Today there are many herds of buffalo, preserved all over North America. Some of the largest are in South Dakota, Wyoming and here in Colorado. The situation...

 

An Interesting Man

I have become quite amused by an early businessman of the area. There is an interesting twist to the story. Today I want to share this man's story with you. The development of this area by General...

 

Big Business

I talked last week about the "crooks" of the early Cripple Creek days, so how about the real big business opportunities of the day. What business would you think was the big money maker of the day?...

 

Robbery!

As a fan of TV westerns, I often wondered what it was really like in the early days. As I read about how it was, in the old newspapers, I find the answer to some of those questions. The truth is...

 

In the Summertime

We have a bit of time to go before we can get away from cold weather, but I thought I would share a bit of a story about Summer weather. We can do without the problems we had last summer , but this...

 

Up At The New Crossing

I have been watching the new crossing of the railroad tracks up on 85, and I think today I will share this with you. This spot has been featured in several of my old columns. This spot is where the...

 

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...

 

The Story Gets Good

Last week I left you with Deputy Harry Galbraith bringing three men to the Fountain Jail. He had rounded up the man from Oklahoma and his two sons at their camp out on Sand Creek. He was carrying...

 

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 Modern Airport

In past columns I have told of the opening of the airport, and how it became Peterson Field during World War II. After the war, like the dozens of airfields built for training military pilots,...

 

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...

 

Juvenile Delinquents

A real problem was raising the ire of school boards, teachers and parents a hundred years ago. Now, there was a resurgence of concern in the problem after World War II, and some thin even today, but I...

 

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...

 

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