Category Archives: 1860

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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1860 – Denver City Turkey War

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. 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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