100 Years Ago Today: Golden Buys Its First Fire Truck

Colorado Transcript, March 6, 1919 A better picture of Golden Fire Department's Engine No.1 from 1919Photo Courtesy of Denver Public Library, Western History Department In 1880, the Golden Fire Department rose from the proverbial ashes of three different, independent fire fighting companies: Excelsior Hose, Everett Hook and Ladder Company, and Loveland Hose Company. Coming together …

Continue reading 100 Years Ago Today: Golden Buys Its First Fire Truck

100 Years Ago Today: Hugo Frey’s Odyssey

Fort Collins Courier, March 5, 1919 Hugo Frey in Navy uniformFrom his memoir, Hugo's Odyssey Meg Dunn, who writes at the excellent history website, Northern Colorado History, has an in-depth article on Hugo Frey here, so I'll just cover some highlights of his life, but definitely check out her writing, especially her five-part series on …

Continue reading 100 Years Ago Today: Hugo Frey’s Odyssey

100 Years Ago Today: Blizzards and Lizards

Montrose Daily Press, March 4, 1919 M. H. Loeffler was a tailor and prominent Grand Junction Elk member who was known not only for his custom suits, but also for promoting and selling the Hynes Level Measure, which was the first instrument of its kind that could measure the angle of a person's shoulders. Hynes …

Continue reading 100 Years Ago Today: Blizzards and Lizards

100 Years Ago Today: Wealthy Rancher Murdered, Buried Under Manure

Wray Rattler, February 27, 1919 John Breuss went missing from his Silt, Colorado ranch home on November 18, 1918. By late December of that year, Sheriff Charles W. Fravert of Garfield County, on suspicion that Breuss was dead, offered a $250 reward for the recovery of Breuss' body, and another $250 for any information leading …

Continue reading 100 Years Ago Today: Wealthy Rancher Murdered, Buried Under Manure

100 Years Ago Today: Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and VDs, Oh My!

Herald Democrat, February 26, 1919 Dr. Alice L. Goetz (née Littlejohn) was a lecturer on the subject of sexually transmitted infections, then known as venereal diseases, from the late 1910s into the 1920s. She joined the Bureau of Social Hygiene in 1920, which operated under the State Board of Health as a part of the …

Continue reading 100 Years Ago Today: Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and VDs, Oh My!

100 Years Ago Today: Norlin Elected President of CU Boulder

Herald Democrat, February 25, 1919 Dr. George Norlin, President of CU Boulder Carnegie Library for Local History Dr. George Norlin's legacy as President of University of Colorado is primarily two-fold: 1. He expanded the campus to allow for the student body to grow from 1,500 to 5,000 by bringing on board architect Charles Z. Klauder …

Continue reading 100 Years Ago Today: Norlin Elected President of CU Boulder

100 Years Ago Today: Rugged and Raw, Rocky Mountain National Park

San Juan Prospector, February 21, 1919 What a wild experience it must have been to explore Rocky Mountain National Park in 1919. The park was practically brand new, having been established on January 26, 1915 as the ninth National Park in the United States. The National Park Service was not established until August 25, 1916, …

Continue reading 100 Years Ago Today: Rugged and Raw, Rocky Mountain National Park

100 Years Ago Today: Magic Rope Wards Off Rattlesnakes

Herald Democrat, February 20, 1919 Two campers, who look like they rode a bike attached to boat, think this horsehair rope will protect them from rattlesnakes.Popular Mechanics Magazine, Jan 1919 Myth alert! It doesn't matter what kind of rope you put around your campsite, bedroll, naptime knoll, or burrow, if a rattlesnake is headed toward …

Continue reading 100 Years Ago Today: Magic Rope Wards Off Rattlesnakes

100 Years Ago Today: Carnegie Libraries

Craig Empire, February 19, 1919 Andrew Carnegie, best known as a steel magnate and a philanthropist, donated 90% of his earnings during his lifetime, which amounts to an unparalleled 350 million dollars. That's the equivalent of billions of dollars today. Jeff Bezos, are you taking notes? Carnegie Libraries are pillars of Andrew Carnegie's enduring philanthropic …

Continue reading 100 Years Ago Today: Carnegie Libraries

100 Years Ago Today: Animas River Turns Cow Teeth Gold

Alamosa Courier, Volume XXXI, Number 7, February 15, 1919 The Animas River turned cow teeth gold? Never heard of anything like it! Oh wait, isn't this the river where the EPA accidentally blew out 3 million gallons of water containing high levels of iron, arsenic, and other toxins during the Gold King Mine cleanup, which …

Continue reading 100 Years Ago Today: Animas River Turns Cow Teeth Gold