Category Archives: Gilpin County

A Tailing Tale of Joseph Severen Beaman

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Published  January 12, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Joseph S. Beaman was born in Bondorf, Baden, Germany, October 23, 1834, to Joseph and Elizabeth Baden. He attended the School of Bondorf.  At the age of 15, in 1849, he sailed with his mother and siblings aboard the steamer “Holyoke” from Havre, France to New Orleans. A 49-day ocean journey…. Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Colonel William Yankee

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Published  December 14, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Born July 31, 1840 in Perryville, Kentucky, William Henry Yankee at an early age moved with his family to Sedalia, Missouri and grew up on a farm there. At only eighteen years of age he drove his oxen team from a prairie schooner across the plains of Missouri to Colorado. After… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Captain Ira Austin

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Published  November 24, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer A descendant of Irish and English Ancestry, Ira Austin was born May 30, 1807 in Bristol, Ontario County, New York. A native of Western New York, his father Levi Austin was a farmer by occupation and extensively engaged in fruit and vegetable cultivation. In February 1831, Austin married Harriet Benjamin, daughter… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Corbit Bacon

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Published  October 6, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Miriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines a pioneer as: 1. A member of a military unit usually of construction engineers. 2. A. A person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method or technical development. B. One of the first to… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of a Presidential Visit

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Published  September 29, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call With this year’s Presidential election fast approaching, this article from the May 2016 issue of Gilpin Historical Society’s The Nugget seems quite timely. Although Gilpin County has enjoyed its share of famous visitors, perhaps none was as famous as Ulysses S. Grant. Grant first visited Central City in July 1868 with General William… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of John Rollins

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Published  September 22, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call John Q. A. Rollins was born on June 16, 1816. His father was a Baptist preacher and his mother a strong Christian woman. John, consequently, received strict religious training and a solid common-school education. By the age of twelve, he was active in a variety of businesses from farming to milling to mercantile… Read more »

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A Tailing Tale of Lt. Joseph Cramer

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A Tailing Tale of Lt. Joseph Cramer Published  September 15, 2016 in the Weekly Register-Call Joseph Cramer stands as an unsung hero of the horrific massacre at Sand Creek. Born in 1838 in New York, Cramer was one of the tens of thousands of men who headed west during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. Immediately after arriving in Colorado, he made… 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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