Category Archives: History

Mike The Headless Chicken Lives On, And On, And On, At Festival In Fruita, Colorado

It’s a story even Barnum, Bailey and Ripley would be impressed by: A rooster living in 1945 in Fruita, Colorado loses his head to farmer Lloyd Olsen’s ax. But to the man’s surprise, the animal was still alive, and would … Continue reading

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A Violent 1928 Bank Robbery In Lamar Made Forensics History

On May 23, 1928, a heinous crime went unsolved for months, until a fingerprint specialist was able to match a single print from memory. It was the first time a fingerprint had been used to actually find and identify a … Continue reading

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From Doctors To Artists To Housekeepers, Colorado Women’s History Is Focus At New Center

History Colorado brings new focus and energy to women’s leadership and roles in the state with recent opening of the Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House Museum. Director Jillian Allison tells Colorado Matters the center will highlight the achievements … Continue reading

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Digging Into The History Of Wild Horses To Understand Their Future

Wild horses are symbolic of freedom and are part of the mythology and legends of the American West. Yet growing herds are costing millions of taxpayer dollars as politics and society collide over how to manage them. Pulitzer Prize- winning … Continue reading

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Women Who Pioneered Colorado’s Art Scene

Imagine hiking a Colorado 14er in a corset and long skirt. Would you do it just for the sake of art? In the 1870s landscape painter Helen Henderson Chain did.  She’s among the women who helped lay the foundation for … Continue reading

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Colorado Ranch Homesteaded By 17-Year-Old Girl In 1886 To Be Honored At State Fair

Kathryn Grahn, who is 87 years old, says her grandmother survived tuberculosis, drove a mule team on a frontier mail route and staked out her claim to land in Prowers County that is now the 5,000 acre Rocking 7K Ranch, … Continue reading

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Lessons From The Intersection Of Science And History At The Headwaters of The Colorado River

Historian Thomas Andrews delves into the history of the headwaters of the Colorado river through the lens of geology, archaeology, biology and more. His book “Coyote Valley: A Deep History in the High Rockies” is a Colorado Book Award finalist. The … Continue reading

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World War I Centennial: Looking Back At Colorado’s World War I History

Today, April 6, 2017, marks 100 years since the United States declared war on Germany. Colorado’s history during World War I has not been well studied, but Stephen Leonard, a professor of history at Metropolitan State University of Denver, has begun to … Continue reading

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Lessons from Ludlow: After 90 Years A Rockefeller Visits Southern Colorado

A postcard depicting members of the Red Cross searching ruins of the Ludlow tent colony. -Courtesy Jodene Parlapiano After a 90-year absence, a Rockefeller has returned to Pueblo. Once considered the wealthiest family in the world, the Rockefellers are often … Continue reading

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It’s Taken 90 Years But A Rockefeller Is Coming Back To Pueblo

A century ago, Colorado Fuel and Iron was a powerful force in the state. It employed thousands of workers at its giant steel mill in Pueblo and at dozens of coal mines throughout the area. Its legacy is still strong … Continue reading

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