Reel News: Yesterday’s News Today—“Cyclone in a Restaurant”

1_Headline_Herald Democrat [Leadvile, CO]_November 15, 1895
Headline, Herald Democrat (Leadville), November 15, 1895. History Colorado microfilm newspaper collection and Colorado State Library, Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection (
“Sugar bowls, catsup bottles, vinegar cruets, mustard pots, pork and beans, odds and ends of uneaten pie, went flying through the air at Escher’s State street restaurant night before last, while the after-midnight diners ducked their heads under the tables to escape the cyclone of dishes and food. Continue reading “Reel News: Yesterday’s News Today—“Cyclone in a Restaurant””

Oliver Aultman’s Colorado River Adventure

Undine boat on the Colorado River
The Undine on the Colorado River, Utah, 1901. Accession number: 2001.41

Oliver Aultman, head of Colorado’s longest running photography studio, was not known for his sense of adventure. In the various biographical profiles I’ve read about Aultman while processing the Aultman Studio collection at History Colorado, he is described as a mild-mannered man who stayed out of politics, rarely took a drink, and preferred shooting photographs in the controlled atmosphere of his studio to the raucous streets of turn-of-the-century Trinidad, Colorado.1 Even Aultman’s son, Glenn, stated that his father’s penchant for photography rarely extended beyond the studio.2 Yet to call Aultman strictly a studio photographer would be an oversimplification of Aultman’s life and work. A huge case in point is Aultman’s little-documented adventure on the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1901. Continue reading “Oliver Aultman’s Colorado River Adventure”

Decking the Halls at Hotel Colorado

The Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs is a place where holiday tradition and history meet, year after year.

In late November, Caitlin and Megan from History Colorado Preservation Programs took part in a special holiday tradition—decorating the Hotel Colorado for the holiday season. This was Megan’s eighth year as a volunteer, and Caitlin’s first. They joined almost 40 other volunteers to help bring holiday cheer to the historic hotel. The annual decoration of the hotel is a 26-year tradition, and many volunteers have been a part of the effort for 10 years or more. Janet Koelling and Kerry Koepping of Creative Dimensions spearheaded and organized the event. Continue reading “Decking the Halls at Hotel Colorado”

Call of the Wild Auction in Yampa a success

Silent Auction outside Antlers Cafe & Bar. Photo by History Colorado.
Silent Auction outside Antlers Cafe & Bar. Photo by History Colorado.

The Friends of Crossan’s M&A Market in Yampa held its third annual Call of the Wild Auction on Saturday, July 30, raising an amazing $31,000 for the rehabilitation of the historic market. Anne McCleave of the State Historical Fund attended to show History Colorado’s support for historic preservation in Yampa. Continue reading “Call of the Wild Auction in Yampa a success”

Experience Colorado’s Rail History

View from inside a tunnel on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
View from inside a tunnel on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Colorado has an incredibly rich rail history and heritage, and many historic trains still operate as tourist attractions today, encouraging visitors to take a ride into history. Continue reading “Experience Colorado’s Rail History”