This Week in Colorado History: June 5

1867 – “Enrolling officer” Edward Berthoud made a call for volunteers to join the Colorado Minute Men “to prepare in time for the fast approaching Indian War which threatens our own immediate vicinity and cuts off our sources of supply and travel…” “To the victors belong the spoils,” Berthoud said. (Colorado Transcript, June 12, 1867)

1876 – Three hundred men were hard at work laying track on the Denver and Rio Grande railway, six  miles above Walsenburg.  As reported by the Pueblo Chieftain, “The construction train of the tracklayers now passes through town almost every hour, and now and then the whistle of the engine arouses the constitutional loafers about town almost as effectually as a dog fight or a foot race.”  (Colorado Chieftain, June 8, 1876).

1880 – Former president Ulysses S. Grant and his family engaged rooms at the Beebee House in Manitou, intending to travel to Colorado after the Chicago convention and spend the summer in Manitou.  During this period, Grant tried unsuccessfully for a third term as president. The Beebee house, also called the Manitou Mansions, was a celebrated spa, similar to the health spas in Saratoga New York. It was popular among asthmatics and consumptives for its healing hot springs.  Grant died in 1885 of throat cancer. (Fairplay Flume, June 10, 1880).

Soda Spring and Cliff House

Soda Spring & Cliff House (competitor to the Beebee House) 1878. By W.G. Chamberlain, Denver, Colorado.

1893 – The Fort Collins Courier serialized Chapters 5 through 7 of “Beyond the City,” by up-and-coming English author, A. Conan Doyle. (Fort Collins Courier, June 8, 1893)

1905 – The Town of Greeley announced that it would soon acquire a wireless telegraph station. (Eagle Valley Enterprise, June 16, 1905)

 1909 – Workers began repairing roads, dams, and bridges after the Gunnison and Grand Rivers flooded. (Durango Democrat June 10, 1909)

 1921 – Residents of Pueblo and other towns along the Arkansas River struggled to recover from the massive flood of June 3. After two heavy cloudbursts happened at once upstream of the Arkansas and Fountain Rivers, the combined river suddenly rose over 15 feet at Pueblo. Other towns were also hit hard, including the Salvation Farm Colony at Amity, Colorado (near Holly), which was virtually wiped out. Days later, forty-one undertakers arrived in Pueblo to try to handle the 1500 victims. (Summit County Journal, June 11, 1921).

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2 thoughts on “This Week in Colorado History: June 5

  1. Working on a book about Ovando J. Hollister, whose tomb is also at Riverside Cemetery along with the grave of Lt. Silas Soule. Seeking any info about Mr. Hollister. My research shows he was a “big voice” in the admiration of the bravery of Lt. Soule in the Sand Creek/Chivington issue. Am an “old!” geezer of a pioneer family of Mills in Denver. Any info is appreciated. My first intro to Col. Hollister was in 1966.

  2. Also during the week of June 5, 1892, the following happened:

    June 4: A devastating fire sweeps through Creede, Coloroado, nearly destroying the entire town;

    June 5: Bob Ford opens a tent saloon on the old schoolhouse grounds; and

    June 8: Ed O’Kelley (my g-g uncle) shot and killed Bob Ford in the tent saloon.

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