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 »

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 »

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 »

A Tailing Tale of Mark L. Blunt and the Boston Company

Published  March 2, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneers Mark L. Blunt was born in Boston, Massachusetts, May 23, 1832, and was educated in the public schools of that city. At the age of 12, obliged to earn a livelihood, he found employment first in a book store. Subsequently, he learned the trade of a printer, supplemented by that of… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of the Butcher and the Baker

Published  February 16, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneers Rub-A-Dub-Dub Three men in a tub. And who do you think was there? The Butcher the Baker the Candlestick Maker, and all of them gone to the fair I’ve as yet not found a candlestick maker from the boom days of the Pikes Peak gold rush, but I’ve stumbled on brief… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of the Beverly Brothers

Published  February 9, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneers J. R. Beverly was what one might refer to as a rolling stone, moving from place to place and opportunity to opportunity. In 1837, the Beverly’s lived in Thornville, Ohio; where on June 28th of that year his wife gave birth to a son they named William H. Beverly. In 1843,… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Captain Lewis Berry

Published  February 2, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Captain Lewis W. Berry was born in Brooklyn, New York, December 1, 1822. His father was a ship carpenter and worked for many years in the U.S. Navy, where young Berry learned his trade. In 1842, Lewis went to New Orleans where he followed painting until the Mexican War in 1846…. Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Fayette Beebee

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Published  January 26, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer Born in New York November 9, 1824, in 1860 Fayette Beebee and wife, Ella, came and housed themselves in an unpretentious dirt-roofed, floor-less cabin, on Illinois Bar. There the sluices glistened with gold and heaps of boulders everywhere attested to the discovery of its hiding places in pay streaks and on… Read more »