Silverton, Colorado: Still a refreshing taste of the Old West

Notorious San JuansI recently returned from a book tour in the San Juans to promote my books “Notorious San Juans” and “Notorious Telluride.” One of my favorite stops on the trip was the alpine settlement of Silverton.

Once at the heart of Ute territory, the area was overrun by miners and those who supported them in 1874. Over half a dozen mining towns sprang up in the area, including Howardsville, Animas Forks, Gladstone, Poughkeepsie, and others; Silverton is the last living outpost. Continue reading

Westminster Castle — A Big Red Castle’s Wild Ride Through Western History

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

If you’ve ever found yourself in the area around 83rd Avenue between Federal and Lowell in Westminster, you may have noticed a big red castle. As a matter of fact, “Big Red Castle” is the nickname for what is more commonly known as Westminster Castle or the “Pillar of Fire.” This giant beauty was built in the 1890s. Its designers were architects E.B. Gregory and Stanford White, who later became the murder victim of Harry Thaw in the infamous “Girl in the Red Velvet Swing” case. Continue reading