Category Archives: History

From The Tricolour To The Lone Star, Why Are There So Many Flags On Pueblo’s Seal?

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The Dry: a community built by black homesteaders in southeastern Colorado

Alice McDonald says The Dry is a joyful place to be, and if you are quiet and observant you’ll see all kinds of wildlife, perhaps a herd of antelope, a snake slithering by, a rabbit hidden in the shade of … Continue reading

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The hidden history of Crypto-Jews in Colorado and the West

There are Hispanic Catholics in the American West who have Jewish ancestry. Yet their families hid, and sometimes forgot, their Jewish roots. These are descendants of Jews who converted to Catholicism five hundred years ago to escape torture during the Spanish Inquisition.  They … Continue reading

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Health Care In The Borderlands of Southern Colorado

Visit southern Colorado and you’ll find a blend of cultures. That’s partly because the region belonged to Mexico up until 1848. When the border moved south people from many backgrounds intermingled, melding their traditions. A new exhibit at the Trinidad … Continue reading

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A 100 Years Ago Arthur Carhart Had a Vision For Both Wilderness and Recreation On Public Lands

A hundred years ago the US Forest Service considered putting cabins around a pristine lake in western Colorado. But thanks to a young landscape architect named Arthur Carhart, Trappers Lake stayed undeveloped and the concept of protected wilderness was born. … Continue reading

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Million Dollar Restoration Planned For #Pueblo’s Historic Goodnight Barn

An old stone barn near Pueblo is about to get a million dollar facelift. It’s the last surviving structure of the northern headquarters of the Goodnight Cattle Company. The very real lives of old west cattlemen Charles Goodnight and Oliver … Continue reading

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How Did Colorado Supermarket Chain King Soopers Get It’s Name?

Did you know there was an actual King behind the King Soopers grocery store name?Lloyd King founded the Colorado based supermarket chain in 1947. But where did the rest of the name came from, including that goofy spelling? Journalist Matt … Continue reading

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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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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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