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A Tailing Tale of a Pioneer Rescue

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Published  August 10, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call This week’s Tailing Tale comes from Colorado Pioneers in Picture and Story written and published by Alice Polk Hill in 1915, Part III, Chapter VII, The Unwritten Law: Mr. Hugh Steele is a son of R. W. Steele, who was at the head of the Provisional government. He is now Secretary of the… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Lorenzo Martin Freas

Published  July 27, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Mountain City, August 14, 1859 Dear Sister: I left Saint Joseph Missouri on the twenty third Day of May with a team and load of goods and made the journey to Danver via the Platte route in thirty five Days. Your letter of the 28th May was received by me on… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Matt (Frantz) France Shaping History

Published  July 6, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Born September 2, 1830 in Roanoke Count, Virginia, Matt France was one of eight children born to John and Mary (McCullough) Frantz. Matt attended private schools and completed his education at Botetourt Springs Academy in Virginia. In 1850 Matt moved to South Bend, Indiana where he made his home with Hon…. Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Oliver & Sarah J. Feay

Published  June 22, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Oliver Feay was born February 22, 1838 in Fayette, County, Pennsylvania. His family relocated to Iowa in 1850. In 1859, he set out for Colorado to seek his fortune in the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. After camping along Ralston Creek for a time, he headed for the Gold Fields of Central… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Henry Villard – Part IV

Published  May 25, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call To the Pike’s Peak Country in 1859 – Part IV THE GOLD PROPECTS In opening this chapter—probably the most interesting to your readers—I will say that I shall not presume to express any ultimate opinion as to the true character of the gold washing of this country. I shall perform the part of… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Henry Villard – Part III

Published  May 18, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call To the Pike’s Peak Country in 1859 – Part III To give your readers an idea of what gold-hunters have been subjected to while crossing the great plains I subjoin the following blood-congealing narrative of the adventures of two individuals. The statement of Mr. Blue is authenticated by Mr. B. D. Williams, the… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Henry Villard – Part I

Published  May 4, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call To the Pike’s Peak Country in 1859 and Cannibalism on the Smoky Hill Route – Part I * Henry Villard was a young newspaper correspondent who joined the Pike’s Peak gold rush early in 1859. The article here presented was his first story to his paper, the Cincinnati Daily Commercial, and appeared June… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Henry Villard – Part II

Published  May 11, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call To the Pike’s Peak Country in 1859 – Part II My expectations as to the outward appearance of these two towns (Denver City and Auraria), which as it is undoubtedly well known to your readers, are situated immediately opposite each other, on both banks and right at the mouth of Cherry Creek and… Read more »

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