1893 – Colorado Passes Suffrage Legislation

Susan B. Anthony

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 in 1870 and Washington Territory in 1883.



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1873 – The Legend of the Mount of the Holy Cross

Mount of the Holy Cross, W.H. Jackson, 1873

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 to Jackson and Hayden by Alice Polk Hill. Miss Hill is traveling through the Colorado frontier, recording stories and yarns from Colorado’s colorful past.

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1865 – Augusta Tabor’s Wash Day

Augusta Tabor

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.

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

Yesterday, Edgar Vanover, a soldier of fortune who fought under William Walker in Nicaragua, was lynched on the beef gallows near the wooden bridge over Clear Creek at Ford Street. He was hung not for a crime he committed, but for a crime he threatened to commit.

Golden City, A. E. Matthews

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1885 – Indian Sign Language and Other Forms of Communication

From Reference 1

William Philo Clark has just released an informative study entitled The Indian Sign Language, published by L. R. Hamersly & Co. of Philadelphia.

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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 of friendly Cheyenne and Arapaho at Sand Creek. It is feared his death is in retaliation of his actions at that massacre.

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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, NOT A MAN!

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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.

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1860 – Denver City Turkey War

Shooting Turkeys, from The Illustrated London News, 1848

As wars go, it was a minor confrontation, but for the cities of Denver and Auraria, it was a decisive blow against crime and lawlessness. Since the towns’ inception, petty thieves had plagued the good citizens, stealing from clothes lines, helping themselves to livestock and food, and even making off with a sawmill. As Uncle Dick Wooton once remarked, “Stealing is the only occupation of a considerable proportion of the population.” But on Wednesday, February 1, that all changed.

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1864 – Detective John W. Cook

Detective CookIt 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.

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