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Topics in History: The Lake County War

The Lake County War, as it has become known, was not actually a war at all in the traditional sense.  Instead, it is the term used to describe the time period in what was once Lake County (now Chaffee County) from 1874-1881, during which law and order broke down and vigilante “justice” reigned. For nearly […]

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Topics in History: Leadville’s 1896 Crystal Carnival and Palace

The City of Leadville was founded in much the same way as many Colorado mining towns in the mid-19th century: with the discovery of gold. The Pikes Peak Gold Rush or Colorado Gold Rush brought prospectors to the area where they founded a town called Oro City. Unfortunately, the gold in this “gold city” quickly ran […]

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Topics in History: The Coffee Myth and the Power of Advertising

In today’s health obsessed culture of fit watches and online trainers, it seems that most Americans should have a pretty solid grasp on what is and is not good for them. However, with the constant inundation of “new studies” and “fitness breakthroughs,” it can be tough to tell what is really new information and what […]

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Topics in History: Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in the Austrian Empire in what is now Croatia.  Tesla was an inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and physicists who is best known for his contributions to the design of the alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.  He emigrated to the United States in 1884 and worked […]

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Topics in History: Lakeside Amusement Park

  When the weather begins to warm and the school year comes to an end, many start to look for fun outdoor activities. In 1908 those looking for a new source of entertainment flocked to the Lakeside Amusement Park for its opening day on May 30th. Lakeside, also referred to as the “White City” because […]

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Topics in History: Baseball

The Colorado Rockies, Colorado’s major league baseball team, played their first home game in front of 80,227 fans at the now historic Mile High Stadium on April 9, 1993. They beat the Montreal Expos 11-4 that day in their first big-league regular-season game. Baseball, one of the oldest sports played in Colorado, had captured the […]

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Topics in History: Women’s Suffrage

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, giving women the right to vote. On Election Day of that year, millions of American women voted for the first time. It took women nearly 100 years to win this right. Women’s suffrage gained momentum in the 1840s and was born out […]

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Topics in History: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day has long been celebrated but who was Saint Valentine and when did the present day traditions of Valentine’s Day begin? The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine. One of these saints was said to be a priest, who served during the third century in Rome, and performed secret marriages […]

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Topics in History: National Western Stock Show

National Western Stock Show The first National Western Stock Show was held January 29 through February 3, 1906 at the Denver Union Stockyards.  Since then, it has been held in January every year with the exception of 1915 when it was cancelled due to an outbreak of hoof and mouth.  Organization for the event began […]

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Topics in History: 1918 1919 Influenza Pandemic in Colorado

This topic in history and the related online primary sources are brought to you by the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a free online resource of primary sources and a service of the Colorado State Library. In 1918 and 1919 influenza and its complications accounted for about a half million deaths nationally.  In Colorado, between September 1918 […]

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Topics in History: Halloween

Halloween This topic in history and the related online primary sources are brought to you by the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a free online resource of primary sources. For many, Halloween marks the changing of seasons and is the beginning of the holiday season.  It is a time of celebration and of course candy.  The origins […]

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Topics in History: Presidential Election of 1872

This topic in history and the related online primary sources are brought to you by the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a free online resource of primary sources. Presidential Election of 1872 Presidential elections are often filled with interesting candidates and sometimes party conflicts.  The presidential election of 1872 was no different.  This election included numerous presidential […]