Author Archives: JvL Bell

1863 – Miss Annie’s Advice on Unmentionables

As the adnominal glories of the Colorado Territory fade into the short days of silvery winter, ladies will now focus their needles on their whitework. The scant light is best used for repairing your light-colored underpinnings. The muslin chemise with the lace insert in need of repair, the replacement of damaged drawer’s ties, and the restitching of the corset bone flossing. Continue reading

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1910 – Colorado Capital’s Hall of Fame

The governor and other state officers moved into the new capitol building on November 9, 1894. Designed by Elijah E. Myers and reminiscent of the Untied States Capitol, the building contains Colorado’s Hall of Fame, or Circle of Fame as … Continue reading

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1893 – Colorado Passes Suffrage Legislation

Colorado has made history as the first state to pass Women’s Suffrage legislation by state referendum. Of course, Wyoming, in 1869, was the first Territory to give women the right to vote. It was quickly followed by the Utah Territory … Continue reading

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1873 – The Legend of the Mount of the Holy Cross

Geographical surveyor, F.V. Hayden and photographer W.H. Jackson have summited the mysterious Mount of the Holy Cross and returned with an interesting story. The following is a reproduction of The Legend of the Mount of the Holy Cross, as told … Continue reading

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1865 – Augusta Tabor’s Wash Day

Mrs. Elizabeth Entriken, a 59er and the sister of our beloved snowshoe minister, Reverend John Dyer, shared this interesting story about Augusta Tabor’s labors to wash teamsters shirts to earn a bit of her own gold dust. Read in PDF … Continue reading

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1859 – The Lynching of Edgar Vanover for a Crime he Threatened to Commit

1859 – Edgar Vanover lynched for a crime he threatened to commit. Continue reading

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1885 – Indian Sign Language and Other Forms of Communication

William Philo Clark has just released an informative study entitled The Indian Sign Language, published by L. R. Hamersly & Co. of Philadelphia. Read in PDF Format: Indian Sign Language and Other Forms of Communication

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1865 – Silas Soule – A Forgotten Hero

Today, one of Denver City’s great heroes was murdered on the Streets of Denver City. Just five month ago, Mr. Soule and Lieutenant Joseph Cramer refused to follow Col. John Chivington’s orders and fire on Black Kettle and an encampment … Continue reading

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1860 – Mountain Charley

It has come to the editors attention that Mountain Charley, the proprietor of the Mountain Boys Saloon, a man who can swear like a double-crossed cowboy, gamble like a swindler, and down Taos Lightning like an outlaw, is in fact, … Continue reading

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1836 – Sam Houston’s Defeat

IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION THAT GENERAL SAM HOUSTON, WHO ONLY LAST MONTH LED 800 TEXANS IN A GLORIOUS VICTORY OVER GENERAL ANTONIO LOPEZ DE SANTA ANNA, SUFFERED ONE RATHER EMBARRASSING DEFEAT BEFORE THE BATTLE THAT LIBERATED TEXAS. DESCRIBED AS A PERFECT MODEL OF MANLINESS AND BRAVERY, GENERAL SAM HOUSTON WAS NONE-THE-LESS DEFEATED BY FRONTIERSWOMAN AND TEXAN, PAMELA MANN. Continue reading

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