Category Archives: Colorado Legend

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 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 Judge S. H. Bradley

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Published  April 27, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call A Colorado Pioneer Nearly every nationality in the civilized world, and every phase of human character were represented among the early miners that found their way into the mountain-locked mining camps of Black Hawk and the portion of Central known as Mountain City. This conglomerate mass of humanity, gathered there from the four… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of T. F. Van Wagenen

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Published  March 30, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Many thanks to Mary Ramstetter of Golden Gate Canyon for this week’s column. From Theodore Francis Van Wagen’s Master’s thesis from Colorado School of Mines. Van Wagenen was a young kid from back east. With mining degree in hand. The memoirs in this MS are recalling events from approximately 1871. We remained in… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Robert Boylan

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Published  March 9, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Robert Boylan was born in Hamilton, Ohio, January 2, 1841, one of eight children of Samuel and Mary (Hoagland) Boylan. The family moved to Iowa, and in 1856 went to Kansas. In 1858, they established their home in St Joseph, Missouri. At the age of 13 years, Robert began life for… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of a Pioneer Christmas

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Published  December 22, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Christmas in Colorado in the mid 1800’s included many of the same traditions we observe today, but gifts, greeting cards and decorations were all made by hand. It was a much simpler time when pride was taken in each stitch made or scrap of wood nailed or shaved away. These homemade gifts might… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Rose Haydee and a Shootout at the National Theater

Published April 28, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call. From: Mining Gold to Mining Wallets, Central City, Colorado 1859-1999 By Alan Granruth The early days in Central City didn’t lack for entertainment. Among the first provisions brought to mining country was a barrel of whiskey. The mining of miners was often a more profitable undertaking, and an easier one, than panning or… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Cattle Drives and Eighth Grade Graduation

From “Life in the Early Days” By James K. Ramstetter Permission of use granted by Mary Ramstetter. Published March 17, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call. The Cattle Drive  The last big job of the year was to get the livestock that was saleable to the Denver Livestock market on Monday morning when prices were at their best. We started in the… Read more »

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