1863 – Lady’s Fashion This Season

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Latest Style from Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1863

Ladies, just because we live in the Colorado Territory doesn’t mean we are not concerned with the fashions worn by our brethren in the States. Those of us Lucky to receive this year’s volumes of Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine have seen the gorgeous shape of the Fancy Paletot and admired the beautiful lines of the Organdie Dress. For those less fortunate, we will Provide a summary of the latest fashions, from hats to boots and everything in between.

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1823 – Hugh Glass, Mountain Man

Hugh Glass

Hugh Glass

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 Kiowa, surviving without weapons, companions, or food.

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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 these simple remedies, poultices, and tonics.

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1864 – Ned Wynkoop Removed From Command of Fort Lyon

Edward_W_WynkoopToday 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.

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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, and 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.

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1857 – Lost on the Great Plains

"Coronado, Francisco Vázquez De: Coronado’s Expedition, 1540-42." Kids Encyclopedia.

“Coronado, Francisco Vázquez De: Coronado’s Expedition, 1540-42.” Kids Encyclopedia.

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 region appeared a swallowing deprivation and long-term occupancy incomprehensible.  This opinion was reinforced during an incident while visiting the second Querecho village.

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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.”

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

True Politeness IntroductionLadies, 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.

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1859 – Whiskey Hole for Destitute Prospectors

In July 1859, William Holman, Earl Hamilton, Daniel Pound and a party of prospectors crossed Kenosha Pass into South Park intending to punish Ute Indians for killing 5 prospectors from Gregory Gulch.  On the banks of Tarryall Creek in Deadwood Gulch, the group raised color, with Daniel Pound rumored to have found gold as big as watermelon seeds.  The Tarryall diggings were found, although perhaps not for the first time.

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1859 – Big Phil the Cannibal

Although Alferd Packer is Colorado’s most notorious cannibal, he is not its only human flesh-eater. A mountain man known as Big Phil or Cannibal Phil is said to have frequented Denver City’s saloons accompanied by his huge dog. He is described as “gigantic in stature and repulsive in aspect”, but it is said for a free drink, he would tell stories about devouring his two Indian wives, an Indian guide, and a Frenchman.

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