A Tailing Tale of Henry Villard

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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 the… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Henry Villard

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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 a… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Henry Villard

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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 Superintendent… Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Henry Villard

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Published May 4, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call To the Pike’s Peak Country in 1859 and 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 3, 1859…. Read more »

A Tailing Tale of Judge S.H. Bradley

Published  April 27, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call 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 corners… 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 T.F. Van Wagenen

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Published  March 30, 2017 in the Weekly Register-Call Colorado Pioneer 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… 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 »