Colorado Front Range life — a hundred years ago

This article first appeared in the Broomfield Enterprise.

If you’ve ever wondered what life was like in the front range a century ago, you can poke around in the online Colorado Historical Newspaper Database or browse through old newspapers at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower library. You’ll find that at least a few things haven’t changed. For example, around New Years Day, 1913, Golden’s Colorado Transcript reported that a “monster” windstorm ripped through the area at “a velocity of at least a million miles an hour,” breaking windows, pulling down chimneys and uprooting trees. Continue reading

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). Continue reading