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Smoky Times?

The use of coal has been important to this area's growth. You may know about the power plant complex just down the road. With this area's activity in the power generation business,... — Updated 11/23/2021

 

Another Accident?

A report was seen in a November 1899 newspaper of an incident in our neighborhood. This tale came from one of the many little newspapers that I search for material. This story... — Updated 11/9/2021

 

Want to Stay The Night?

Over the years I have often been asked about the hotel on the top of Pike's Peak. I know they tried it, and understand the attraction, but when did they do it? The Army had men... — Updated 11/3/2021

 

A Building Boom

No, not the one we have been seeing here lately, but back in the 1890s! And you might be surprised at the material being used in much of the construction. When I found this story, I... — Updated 10/27/2021

 

An Interesting Visit

I enjoy reading old newspapers' tales of extended tours visiting Colorado. Times were certainly different in the 1890s and early twentieth century. Groups this size still come to... — Updated 10/20/2021

 

The Story of the Bell

I told this tale quite a long time ago, but I have been asked recently about it. I have also been told that it is now gone! Well, read on and get the real answer. When I taught at Aragon Middle School, there was an old bell,... — Updated 10/13/2021

 

Hot Boots!

I ran across this Pueblo story with a Fountain connection. It happened in 1900, but certainly times have not changed. Even though it is a stretch, there is a railroad story here... — Updated 10/6/2021

 

October Problems

Snow commenced to fall shortly after midnight in October, 1891. It was one of those early winter storms and continued the rest of the night. The storm was heavy in the mountains, bu... — Updated 9/29/2021

 

Damage by washouts

I ran across this item in a Pueblo newspaper of the 1890s. It reminds us that not all of our summers have been dry! It seems that the railroads were suffering from greater than... — Updated 9/22/2021

 

An "Almost" Bad Accident

I recently found an old Colorado Springs newspaper report of an exciting incident which occurred on the Midland line in the Ute Pass in 1890. If you have driven the pass, you know... — Updated 9/15/2021

 

A Special Train

When I worked at the cog railway, every summer we had special groups. Sometimes they even filled a train. The parking lot was lined with tour buses for companies from somewhere in t... — Updated 9/8/2021

 

An Odd Train

Over between Aspen and Glenwood Springs, starting in the 1890s the two local railroads ran a most unusual train. The Laundry Train was run over the D&RG and the Colorado Midland.... — Updated 9/1/2021

 

Railroad Cars Broken Into

In 1892, all of the interest in getting to Cripple Creek was at Florissant. Lots of adventures happened there. This disappointing adventure brought up the Sheriff from Colorado... — Updated 8/25/2021

 

Hole in the Mountain

I know a bunch of you know something about this hole. I have been asked about it several times over the years. I recently heard another story about it. There is a tunnel up on... — Updated 11/17/2020

 

Another Road Plan

The road I'm going to talk about today is actually well-known to all of us. The story I'm telling today is how it upset our community! After World War II the country was growing as... — Updated 10/14/2020

 

The Scenic Road

There was a plan for a new road that I find quite interesting. Not that the whole idea was different from other roads, but the plan had some interesting qualities. Before I get too... — Updated 10/7/2020

 

At the Race Track

Well, no, not that race track. Starting in the early 1950s, Colorado Springs had a drag strip. Some of the early racers wanted a safer place to test their cars off city streets. Now... — Updated 8/26/2020

 

Down at the Station

I like talking about the railroads. I often point out that in 1908, more people got on and off trains in Colorado Springs than at the airport in 2008. Today I’d like to show what... — Updated 8/19/2020

 

Improvements

You might not expect great changes after World War II, but some things did improve that you might not have expected. During the war there were a number of hardships the public... — Updated 8/5/2020

 

A "Modern" Problem

First, let me say I am so happy the library is open again! I went and was quite surprised to see it was quite empty. I thought it might be as full as they will let it be! Anyway, I... — Updated 7/29/2020

 

Mystery Cash

This tale came to mind recently. A person who never heard it may get a bit of amusement out of it. It gets quite involved, and as far as I know, has never been solved. The men, whos... — Updated 7/15/2020

 

A Wanden Story

You may not remember Wanden La Farge, who was Fountain's mayor during World War II. I remember her quite well. I recently found a 1939 story about her writing skills. I even have... — Updated 7/8/2020

 

Skelton Ranch

A couple years ago I talked a bit about the Skelton Ranch as an early dude ranch. The Skelton Ranch was a mystery to me except for an old post card from "Balanced Rock" on Skelton R... — Updated 7/1/2020

 

The Bates Ranch

This story dates from the late 1930s, 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.... — Updated 6/24/2020

 

Still Here?

Things progress. Little by little we can do the things we like to do, but not in a group! Interesting, but I thought I would reflect a bit today. Yes, I am still here. I have had a... — Updated 6/17/2020

 

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