Monthly Archives: October 2015

A Tailing Tale of Captain Ozie Waters

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Many thanks to Bruce and Janice Jones of Gilpin County for providing information on Captain Ozie Waters. Back in the day, Janice delivered the Denver Post in Gilpin County and worked for Safeway in Golden. On occasion, she picked up groceries for Captain Waters and delivered them to him in Central City, and Waters gave her one of his albums…. Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Emmy Wilson and the Glory Hole Tavern

This tale of Emmy Wilson and the Glory Hole Tavern comes from an article written by David Forsyth and published in the 2005 Winter edition of Colorado Heritage magazine. For the complete article containing much more fascinating information about Emmy, her family, the Glory Hole, and the gambling raids of 1949, check out that issue. Colorado Mining Millionaire Eben Smith… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Spirit Seekers of Gilpin County

On October 24, 2015, as a fundraiser for the Gilpin County Historical Society, Spirit Realm Investigative Project (SRIP), will host Paranormal Night with the Spirits. This very intimate investigation into the spirit realm will be held in the Gilpin Historical Museum, which has a reputation for it spirit activity. Tickets are still available through the museum at (303)582-5283. According to SRIP… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of a Stroehle House Tea

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On September 12th, I was honored to attend one of the annual Stroehle House teas as a guest of the Gilpin County Historical Society. The tea was yummy and the foods scrumptious. Sharing the time with several lovely ladies, hearing about the history of the Stroehle House from Lynn Politt, and listening to the story of Minnie Morgan from Anne… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Miss Maggie Maguire – 1874

Many thanks to Karen Sullivan of Westminster, Colorado for sharing her amazing collection of books, magazines and news articles regarding Central City and the Gilpin County area. The following composition by Maggie Maguire comes from one of Karen’s books, “Mining Gold to Mining Wallets – Central City, Colorado 1859-1999,” and is one she felt particularly interested in as the name… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Dr. Florence Sabin

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George Sabin studied medicine in his native Vermont with the intent of moving to Missouri to be a “Horse and Buggy” doctor. However, by December of 1860, before he realized his dream, he was lured to Black Hawk, Colorado by the same epidemic that was sweeping the nation, gold rush fever. He eventually became a mining engineer in Central City,… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of the Willis Family

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Many thanks to Mabel Jane Shafffer Smith of Golden, Colorado for this fascinating story In the spring of 1868, my great-grandfather, James Willis, left his family in Michigan to travel to Central City, Colorado to mine for gold. Great-grandfather worked in the copper mines of Michigan to support my great-grandmother, Mary Ann Shaffer, their seven children, and my great-great-grandmother. In… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of an Adventure in the Amazon Jungle

Normally, the stories in my column relate to Colorado history or special events where I’ve conducted book signings. I’m always asking our readers to send me their stories, and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with those folks and share their tales with others. This week’s story came to me from Jaun Miranda of Denver. It has nothing to… Read more »

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