This Week in Colorado History – Colorado Mountain Club is Founded

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CMC posing near the summit of Longs Peak in 1914. From the George Harvey, Jr. photograph albums (Ph.00094)

Today the mountains of Colorado are continuously flooded with people flocking to enjoy the bountiful trails. But imagine what it was like for the mountaineers at the turn of the century. Bulky wool clothing, heavy equipment and blisters all were part of the journey. These mountaineers were true adventurers who created what became the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC). Continue reading “This Week in Colorado History – Colorado Mountain Club is Founded”

This Week in Colorado History – Black Sunday

​Dust from the storms were blown all the way to the East Coast.
​Dust from the storms were blown all the way to the East Coast.

The morning of Sunday, April 14, 1935 started out with sunshine and blue skies, but by the afternoon the temperature had dropped and an ominous black cloud was quickly approaching. This day would become to be known as Black Sunday. While Black Friday sees the mob of thousands of crazed shoppers, Black Sunday saw gale-like winds sweep across seven different states, and creating a widespread blackout from dust, and was one of the biggest storms during the Dust Bowl. Continue reading “This Week in Colorado History – Black Sunday”

This Week in Colorado History – Colorado’s oldest town, San Luis, is Established

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San Luis, situated at long the Sangre de Cristo Range

On April 9, 1851, Hispano farmers established San Luis, Colorado,and today, at 164 years old, it is the state’s oldest continuously occupied town. Located in south central Colorado near the New Mexico border, the San Luis Valley has been home to several different groups, one of the many reasons it holds historic significance for Colorado and the nation. The town was established by Hispano farmers, but the area was originally inhabited by prehistoric cultures dating back thousands of years. Continue reading “This Week in Colorado History – Colorado’s oldest town, San Luis, is Established”

Behind the Scenes: Ute Collections Review

Z0020436Ute Coll RevHistory Colorado has extensive holdings of Ute artifacts—clothing, headdresses, baskets, beadwork, cradleboards, bows and arrows, ceramics and photographs—the bulk of the materials made in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In the collection are items that once belonged to Ute leaders, artifacts that show the expert workmanship of Ute craftspeople, and objects used in everyday life. Together, these remarkable materials help us interpret the history of Colorado’s remaining resident tribes: the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, along with their sister tribe, the Ute Indian Tribe on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah. Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: Ute Collections Review”

Baby Doe Tabor: the Matchless Girl’s Wedding Dress

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Kathryn Klein, Curator of Culture and Community at History Colorado

Growing up in Denver, I knew Leadville as a destination for our family to take out-of-town relatives who came to visit Colorado. I still have fond memories of eating ice cream cones on summer days while walking with my cousin through the streets of the Old West. The rocky mountains of Colorado instilled a deep sense of wildness, strength and independence in my 12-year-old mind in the early 1970s. My cousin Mark, from Illinois, was exactly the same age as me, and if I’d looked him in the eye while we ate our ice cream in the middle of Leadville, I’d have considered us equal in every way. How little did I know how hard-fought my attitude came from a history of so many women before me. And in the West were a number of women whose stories tell us the truth about privilege, hardship and endurance. Continue reading “Baby Doe Tabor: the Matchless Girl’s Wedding Dress”