Category Archives: Colorado Matters

A New History Colorado Exhibit Spotlights Colorado’s Oldest Continuous Residents, the Utes

A traditional Ute bear dance ceremony. Courtesy of Robert Ortiz, The Southern Ute Drum The Utes are some of Colorado’s oldest residents — by some estimates, the tribe has been here for 13,000 years. Despite that, many Coloradans today may not … Continue reading

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Denver Turns 160 This Week. So, How’d The Mile High City Get Its Name?

Before you ask: No, John Denver is not the city’s namesake. Denver does owe its name from another man with the initials J.D., though. James William Denver was a Civil War general, a territorial governor and the eponym for the Mile High City. … Continue reading

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Founding Member Of Ghost Town Club Of Colorado Remembers Sixty Years Of Exploring Hundreds Of #GhostTowns Around The State

Ghost town — that conjures images of abandoned miners’ shacks with door hinges squeaking in mountain breezes, decrepit storefronts lining a deserted road or even just an empty spot on a prairie where all that’s left is dust and memories. … Continue reading

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Colorado Gears Up For Another Flu Season In The Shadow Of 1918 Influenza Pandemic

After a nasty flu season in 2017 and another one brewing this year, doctors are again calling for anyone 6 months or older to get vaccinated. The good news is, Colorado’s tangle with the flu in 2018 is unlikely be worse than it … Continue reading

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Denver Poet Dominique Christina Gives Voice To Enslaved Black Woman Who Endured Medical Experiments

  In the 1800s, Dr. J. Marion Sims, a white doctor considered to be the “father of modern gynecology,” experimented on enslaved black women, including a woman named Anarcha. In her new poetry collection “Anarcha Speaks: A History In Poems,” Denver poet Dominique … Continue reading

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More Than A Million Copies Of Colorado Cache Cookbook Sold Since 1978

Meringue mushrooms, Mandarin salad, skier’s sausage—they’re just a few of the classic recipes found in the Colorado Cache Cookbook, a staple in Centennial State home kitchens. The cookbook was first published in 1978 by the Junior League of Denver as a fundraiser. Today, … Continue reading

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Tarantulas Are On The Move In Southern Colorado

Something creepy takes place in southern Colorado this time of year. Tarantulas appear en masse scurrying across highways and up walls. Arachnologists Paula Cushing, of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Brent Hendrixson of Millsaps College in Mississippi … Continue reading

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How To Put Your Garden And Lawn To Bed For The Winter.

Is your garden ready for winter? Peak gardening season may be winding down, but there are still ways keep your plants happy — whether they’re outdoors or in. Master gardener Loni Gaudet of Berthoud, answers gardening questions on Colorado Matters

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How Major General Maurice Rose Became Known As The ‘Immaculate Killer Of Nazis’ And Redefined WWII Tank Warfare

Most Denverites are familiar with Rose Medical Center, but they probably don’t know the hospital was named after the highest ranking Jewish officer who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Major General Maurice Rose. Denver author Marshall Fogel … Continue reading

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Happy Colorado Day! Here Are The Stories Behind Our State Bird, Folk Dance And Fossil

Some state symbols for Colorado are obvious—the native bighorn sheep as the state animal, or the columbine as the state flower, for example. Others take a bit more background. Take the Centennial State bird (the lark bunting), folk dance (square dancing) … Continue reading

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