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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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A Tailing Tale of Fire and a Runaway Model T Ford

From “Life in the Early Days” By James K. Ramstetter Permission of use granted by Mary Ramstetter. Published March 10, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call. The Fire at Guy Hill Grange It was a nice February afternoon. The weather was cool. The year was 1919. The yard was full of about twenty buggies, each with a team of horses tied to… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Socials at the Eight Mile House in Golden Gate

From “Life in the Early Days” By James K. Ramstetter Permission of use granted by Mary Ramstetter. Published March 3, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call. An Evening Affair The upstairs hall of the home place was the center for many neighborhood activities. The Guy Hill Grange used it for holding its monthly meetings. Square dances were held there regularly. It was… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of our first Golden Gate Ranch and Wheat Harvest

From “Life in the Early Days” By James K. Ramstetter Permission of use granted by Mary Ramstetter. Published February 25, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call. Our First Ranch During the late summer of 1917 there was much excitement in our family as we were moving to our first ranch. During the early years we had moved about quite a bit as… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Twins and Dynamite . . . What could go wrong!

From “Life in the Early Days” By James K. Ramstetter Permission of use granted by Mary Ramstetter. We Run Out of Wood It was late in January 1922. We had several very heavy snow storms and the weather was terribly cold. As a matter of fact, it was so cold that sun dogs were showing every morning. A sun dog… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Prohibition in Golden Gate Canyon

From “Life in the Early Days” By James K. Ramstetter Permission of use granted by Mary Ramstetter. Life During Prohibition When Prohibition was ratified in January, 1919, it did not seem to have any immediate effect on the Golden Gate Canyon community. However, the county still wanted liquor even though it was outlawed. It didn’t take long for people to… Read more »

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