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The Holy Grail Of Baseball Cards Will Be At History Colorado For Just Three Days

Next week, an armored truck will transport a small piece of cardboard worth millions of dollars from a secret vault to the History Colorado museum. That slice of cardboard is the “Holy Grail” of baseball cards. It’s from 1952, featuring legendary Yankees center … Continue reading

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Like Skiing Groomed Runs? Thank The Inventor of the Bradley Packer Grader

Richard Needham with a hand-powered Bradley Packer Grader. (Courtesy Photo) When you ski groomed snow that looks like corduroy, you can thank the late Steve Bradley. In 1951, he invented the Bradley-Packer Grader. These human-powered machines smoothed the slopes at … Continue reading

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Pueblo’s Bell Game: The Zenith Of A High School Football Rivalry That’s Lasted 125 Years

Pueblo’s Central and Centennial High Schools have been rivals on the football field since 1892. It might be the oldest high school rivalry in the west and for the last 67 years the Centennial Bulldogs and the Central Wildcats have … 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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Memories of Steel

The state’s unemployment rate is slowly falling, but Pueblo County’s remains stubbornly high. It’s above ten percent, the highest among Colorado’s metro areas. There was a time, though, when Pueblo was home to one of the largest private employers in … Continue reading

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Walsenburg: A Crossroads Town

In the late 1800s, people from around the world flocked to southern Colorado, lured by the prospect of jobs in the coal mines. Many of them settled in Walsenburg, about 50 miles south of Pueblo. Along with gouging hundreds of … Continue reading

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