Category Archives: History

Fort Garland

Fort Garland, in south central Colorado was an active military post for 25 years, from 1858 to 1883. It was built to protect settlers from Indians. Nothing much happened there. The highlights, such as they are: In March, 1862, Colorado … Continue reading

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McAllister House

We’re still settling into our new house, putting up curtain rods, painting, stuff like that. But we decided to take a break and see something local. The McAllister House was built in 1873, at a time when all the houses … Continue reading

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Vindicator Valley

On Sunday, we took Linda and Barb up into the mountains to Victor. We spent a half hour wandering the Vindicator Valley Trail, enjoying the view. Wyoming Ground Squirrel in hiding Female Mountain Bluebird Even at the relatively early hour … Continue reading

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Air Force Academy

The Air Force Academy moved to Colorado Springs in August, 1958, four months after I was born. The architecture definitely looks like it’s from that period.  All it takes to get on the grounds is to show a photo i.d. … Continue reading

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The Cliff House at Pikes Peak

On our Jeep tour through Manitou Springs, we passed The Cliff House, an old hotel with a fancy dining room. Lisa, Terri’s friend, decided she wanted to go there for lunch. We drove in her SUV through Garden of the … Continue reading

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Vindicator Valley Trail

Gold was (and still is) found in the mountains around Victor, Colorado. The remains of several mines, built in the 1890’s and worked into the 1940’s, can be seen on the hillsides. A two-mile loop trail passes the Vindicator Mine … Continue reading

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Sherman House Museum

We drove to Lancaster, Ohio, to tour the birthplace of William T. Sherman, the Civil War general. It was also the birthplace of his brother, Senator John Sherman, mostly known these days as the author of the Sherman Antitrust Act; … Continue reading

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United States Mint — Denver, Colorado

I took a Wednesday off for my birthday, and Sally and I drove to Denver to tour the U.S. Mint. The tickets are first-come-first-serve. We arrived at 9:30 and got tickets for the 11:00 tour. But since it took a … Continue reading

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Ludlow Massacre Memorial

In 1913, coal miners from southern Colorado went on strike. They formed a large tent colony near the town of Ludlow where they stayed with their wives and children. In early 1914, the Colorado National Guard and units made up … Continue reading

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Miramont Castle

Jean Baptiste Francolon was a Catholic priest from France. He served in New Mexico for 14 years and was so unpopular there that there was an attempt to poison him. He moved to Manitou Springs to try his hand a … Continue reading

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