On This Date: June 29, 1906 Mesa Verde National Park Established

I don’t know about you but I really didn’t know what to expect the first time I visited Mesa Verde National Park.  Sure, I’d seen photos, read travel reports, and studied the history but for whatever reason, my pre-visit expectations just didn’t gel.  This was pretty unusual for me and for that reason, I was … Continue reading

On This Date: June 22, 1850. Gold Discovered in Colorado

Ok, technically in 1850 Colorado wasn’t yet a State but you get the idea.  There is a nice monument in Denver’s Inspiration Point Park that commemorates the occasion and since my photo above is only readable by those with superhero vision, I’ve transcribed it for you.   This Tablet is the Property of the State … Continue reading

On This Date: June 11th, 1996: Colorado Avalanche Win the Stanley Cup

On June 11th, 1996, the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers to sweep the championship series 4-0.  Not only was this the team’s first season in Colorado (formerly the Quebec Nordiques) it was also the first major league championship for any team in Colorado.

On This Date: June 8th, 2002, Hayman Fire

The Hayman Fire was a forest fire that started 95 miles (153 km) southwest of Denver and 35 miles (56 km) northwest of Colorado Springs on June 8, 2002, and became the largest fire in the state’s recorded history. Hundreds of forestry officials and firefighters fought the fast-moving inferno, which caused nearly $40 million in damages, burned 133 homes and forced the evacuation … Continue reading

On This Date: May 24th, 1911 Colorado National Monument Established

Happy Birthday!  100 years ago today, after a long campaign by John Otto, The Colorado National Monument was established. Located just west of Grand Junction, the Monument is comprised of over 20,000 acres of canyons, sheer cliffs, red-rock formations, and other geology typical of high mountain desert landscapes. The National Parks Service is hosting a … Continue reading

On This Date: May 17th, 1899. Nikola Tesla

On May 17, 1899, Nikola Tesla arrived in Colorado Springs to continue his experiments in electricity.  In his lab located near Foote Ave. and Kiowa St, Tesla conducted research for nearly nine months before returning to New York. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla#Colorado_Springs Credited with over 700 patents worldwide, his name today is probably most well known in conjunction … Continue reading

On This Date: May 14, 1955

United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel design unveiled May 14, 1955. The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel is part of a larger complex, known as the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Area. The academy was commissioned on April 1, 1954, when president Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 325, providing for the … Continue reading

On This Date: May 7th, 1879

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad Considered to be one of the nation’s most scenic railroads, the Royal Gorge Route offers an intimate way to experience the spectacular Royal Gorge. The train features six classes of service ranging from coach and vista dome, to wine express, lunch, dinner, and murder mystery trains. The train travels alongside … Continue reading

On This Date: May 1st, 1925

Scott Carpenter Scott Carpenter, one of America’s original Mercury Seven astronauts, has the unique distinction of being the first human being to conduct missions in both outer- and inner-space. He was born in Boulder, Colorado, on May 1, 1925. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Colorado in … Continue reading

On This Date: April 28th, 1982

The Stegosaurus was designated as the official state FOSSIL on April 28, 1982. This dinosaur lived in the area now known as Colorado about 150 million years ago. There are only six skeletons of the Stegosaurus on public display in the United States, one of which may be viewed at the Museum of Natural History in Denver. courtesy of … Continue reading

Ah, Colorado

So what are you in the mood for?  Prairie?  Mountains? Desert?  Yep, we got all that.  How about a little (OK, not little, try epic) skiing? Anyone the world over can tell you hitting the slopes in Colorado isn’t a problem.  But that’s only the beginning. Do you crave hot springs, fly-fishing, year round festivals, … Continue reading

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