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The art gallery at the Colorado Chautauqua in Boulder. (Photo from the Denver Public Library - X11717.)
History on the Road

Chautauqua — the original TED Talk

By On July 22, 2017

Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.”– Theodore Roosevelt “He who does not know Chautauqua does not know America.”  — Frank Bohn I’ll just come right out and admit it. Until… Read More

Bob Webb in the Masonville Trading Post around 1979. This photo is taken from a newspaper clipping in the Fort Collins Archive.
History on the Road

Masonville Mercantile

By On October 13, 2016

In the 1890s, there was a small gold rush up in Buckhorn canyon as a (very small) find of gold ore led to rampant speculation. James R. Mason platted the small town… Read More

Scrapbook pages reminiscing about memories made at Pinehurst.
Frontier Faces

Pinehurst – a historic mountain getaway

By On September 15, 2016

In 1885, John D. Cooper (also known as Jack), built a cottage for himself — and a bridge over the Poudre river to reach it — at the entrance to Sheep gulch.… Read More

James and Mary Mason, the founders of Masonville, Colorado.
Agricultural History

The Masons of Masonville

By On August 27, 2016

James Robinson Mason was an early pioneer in northern Colorado. He settled along Buckhorn Creek where he raised cattle, was an active Democrat, and held a position on the school board. He… Read More

The Poudre River
Agricultural History

Poudre River Water in Your Tap

By On July 15, 2016

We take it for granted that when we turn on the tap, we’ll have instant access to clean, clear water. Though we may have a sense that it comes from the Poudre… Read More

Painting of the battle at Fort McHenry by Kenneth Townsend.
History on the Road

Fort McHenry – Birthplace of the National Anthem

By On July 5, 2016

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, In early June, I had the pleasure of seeing Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. Although it was an active fort during the Revolutionary… Read More

Cultural Character

The Buffalo Soldiers

By On June 21, 2016

On June 18th, the Buffalo Soldiers of the American West came to Soapstone Prairie to lead a horseback ride through the region’s amber waves of grain. But first, Fred Applewhite, the first officer,… Read More

Photos from George Washington's Mount Vernon.
History on the Road

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

By On June 9, 2016

Although this is a local history blog, it’s fair to occasionally expand our view to include the stories of our nation’s past. Even when events happened in times or places far removed from our… Read More

Presidents Row at the University of Northern Colorado.
Architecture & Neighborhoods

Presidents’ Row at the University of Northern Colorado

By On March 23, 2016

Last week, during spring break, my daughters (juniors in high school) and I toured three local universities. Our first stop was at the University of Northern Colorado where we were captivated by the… Read More

The Rossonian - an important historic building in Five Points.
History on the Road

The Five Points Neighborhood in Denver

By On February 8, 2016

Every year Colorado Preservation Inc. hosts a historic preservation conference called Saving Places. In addition to keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and special luncheons, they also host walking tours. On February 3rd I… Read More

Unidentified Black cowboy with horse (Photo from the Denver Public Library Digital Collection.)
History on the Road

Everybody knows there are no black cowboys. …right?

By On February 17, 2015

When Paul Stewart was growing up in Iowa in the 1930s, he loved to play “Cowboys and Indians” with his friends. But he always ended up playing the role of the Indian because, so… Read More