Author Archives: JvL Bell

1864 – Detective John W. Cook

It has come to the attention of the editors of this fine weekly that Mr. John W. Cook, originally from Laporte county, Indiana, has recently established the Rocky Mountain Detective Association in Denver City. Along with his private duties, Detective Cook has enlisted in the Colorado cavalry and has been detailed the quartermaster of the Denver post as government detective. Continue reading

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1864 – Lemon Bone Broth Jelly

Many of our readers would like to expand their arsenal of recipes in their kitchens, but they either don’t have time or don’t know which recipes are worth a try. We decided to help you, ladies, with this special issue … Continue reading

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1863 – Lady’s Fashion This Season

Ladies Fashion in 1863. Continue reading

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1823 – Hugh Glass, Mountain Man

Few stories are as remarkable as the tale of Hugh Glass, an early mountain man, who was left for dead after a lethal grizzly bear attack. Although deserted and severely injured, Glass managed to crawl almost 350 miles to Fort … Continue reading

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Home Remedies for Common Ailments

Ladies and gents, listen up, Mr. LeRoy G. Davis of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, has provided us with the following information on remedies for common ailments like colds, stomach issues, sprains, and general debility. You don’t want to miss reading about … Continue reading

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1864 – Ned Wynkoop Removed From Command of Fort Lyon

Today we received word that Maj. Edward Wynkoop was relieved of duty as commander of Fort Lyon. Two months ago, Maj. Wynkoop obtained the freedom of four Indian prisoners before bringing the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian leaders to Denver City to have an Indian Council with Territorial Governor John Evans and Col. John Chivington. Continue reading

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1859 – Denver City’s Elephant Corral

Gold-seekers flocked to Denver City by the hundreds—hoosiers, suckers, corn crackers, buckeyes, red-horses, Arabs, and Egyptians—most hoping to get rich and get out. Many greenhorns arrived, ready to exchange their team and wagon for the mining supplies they needed. Freighting, commercial hauling of supplies, prospered during this era by providing those supplies. Charles Blake and Andrew Williams built Denver City’s Elephant Corral as a trading post aimed at serving both the teamsters and gold-seekers. Continue reading

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1857 – Lost on the Great Plains

In 1541, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado left Tiguex Pueblo and traveled across the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles into Kansas with the hope of finding riches. Instead he entered a land so vast it both intimidated and repelled him. The immense … Continue reading

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1860 – Wind Wagons Head West

IN 1860, WITH PIKE’S PEAK GOLD FEVER RAMPANT, SAMUEL PEPPARD CONSTRUCTED A SAILING WAGON WITH THE HOPES OF REACHING THE COLORADO TERRITORY FASTER THAN A TRADITIONAL OX- OR MULE-PULLED WAGON. THE MAY 17TH, 1860 ISSUE OF INDEPENDENT, A NEWSPAPER FROM OSKALOOSA, KANSAS, DESCRIBED PEPPARD’S WAGON IN THE FOLLOWING WAY. “IT WAS AN ORDINARY LIGHT WAGON OF 350 POUNDS, 3 X 8 FEET X 6 INCHES DEEP. OVER THE CENTER OF THE FRONT AXLE WAS A RAISED MAST WITH A SAIL 9 X 11 FEET. THE STEERING APPARATUS RESEMBLED A BOAT TILLER REVERSED.” Continue reading

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1817 – True Politeness, A Hand-book of Etiquette for Ladies

LADIES, THE NEW YORK PUBLISHERS, LEAVITT AND ALLEN, HAVE JUST PUBLISHED THE BOOK TRUE POLITENESS, A HAND-BOOK OF ETIQUETTE FOR LADIES, WRITTEN BY AN AMERICAN LADY. THIS OUTSTANDING 64-PAGE BOOK INCLUDES ETIQUETTE ON SALUTATIONS, DRESS, FASHION, CONVERSATION, VISITING, DINNER TABLE CONVERSATION, AND EVEN COURTSHIP AND MARRIAGE. IT IS A MUST-HAVE FOR ALL AMERICAN LADIES LIVING IN PROPER SOCIETY. Continue reading

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