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Roadside history of Colorado by James McTighe

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By James McTighe

Considering that Colorado’s roads so frequently lack old markers, so much motorists stay ignorant of the wealthy ancient institutions of each a part of the nation. With this amiable spouse, the tourist will locate that even the bleakest stretch of interstate has its exact and colourful prior. each journey, even if for enterprise or excitement, could be an ingenious trip into the prior of the gold rush, the Indian wars, the explorers, the mountain males, pioneers, and cattlemen. background from the road is a distinct idea, making to be had a lot of the previous that will rather be inaccessible with no tedious study and map paintings. at any place the traveller occurs to be, she or he might be capable of finding what ancient occasion happened in that quarter with no need to depend on indicators and markers, that are infrequent. Keyed to cities and mile markers, the ebook comprises each interstate, road and significant highway within the kingdom.

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Eugene A. Carr's regiment were 150 Pawnee Scouts, Indian irregulars organized and commanded by Maj. Frank North and his brother, Luther, a captain. Also with the 5th Cavalry was the seemingly ubiquitous Buffalo Bill Cody, now a twenty-three-year-old army scout. After the Dog Soldiers had fled westward onto the Colorado high plains, Tall Bull employed a favorite Indian tactiche split his band into three groups, dispatching William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody poses with some Indians who performed in his Wild West Show.

Before the white man, of course, the high plains belonged to the buffalo and to the Plains Indians: in Colorado, the Cheyennes and Arapahoes in the north and the Kiowas in the south. In Long's survey of the arid, treeless prairies, he overlooked the awesome herds of buffalo which in the early days could blanket the landscape. The animals provided the Plains Indians with virtually every need, from clothing, to food, to shelter, to fuel for their fires. The first white men to make an impact upon this delicately balanced environment were traders, itinerant merchants who introduced these people of the stone age to the world of iron kettles, guns, and steel knives.

Unfortunately, the 1919-23 farm depression, which caused foreclosure of almost 500,000 farms nationwide, undermined Dearfield's financial resources. At the end of World War II, this ad appeared in the Greeley Tribune: "On acct. of poor health and not possible to get competent help the townsite of Dearfield, Highway 34, 30 miles east of Greeley is for sale on reasonable terms . . " Today there are no blacks in Dearfield. Rocky Mountain Arsenal Rocky Mountain Arsenal, located two miles south of Exit 16, on Colorado 2 just north of Denver's Stapleton Airport, was built as a chemical weapons plant in 1942, during World War II.

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