Attached are a couple of history columns I’ve written recently about the Denver & Rio Grande Railway’s work in the 1880s to cross the Western Slope and eventually connect all the way to Salt Lake City.
This photo, from 1871, shows the Montezuma 1, believed to be the first locomotive in the D&RG’s narrow-gauge line.
The first column is about the work of the D&RG to push over Marshall Pass and through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The second column concerns the continuing work to reach Grand Junction and connect with the Denver & Rio Grande Western to make it to Salt Lake City.
I’ll present classes on fur trade history for New Dimensions in Grand Junction, Feb. 12, Feb. 19.
The first class will be more general, looking at the fur trade across the Continent over hundreds of years. It will use a great deal of information from my forthcoming book, The Cadottes: A Fur Trade Family on Lake Superior.
The second class will look at one of the most important fur traders to operate in Colorado and Utah, Antoine Robidoux.
Both classes will be held in the Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown Grand Junction beginning at 10 a.m. and they will last approximately one hour.
More information about New Dimension classes, and registration information for theses and other classes is expected to be available early next week at http://www.newdimensionsgj.org.
This is my latest book, which will be published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in May. I’ve been working on the book for more than five years and I’m thrilled that we’re finally nearing publication.
Those people interested in preordering the book can do so through independent bookstores such as Grand Valley Books and Out West Books in Grand Junction and Lithic Books in Fruita.
Here is a link to an Independent Booksellers site to find other book stores if you’re not in the Grand Junction/Fruita area.
From peaches to potatoes, important crops are being harvested across western Colorado, and harvesting will continue through late autumn. So, I thought I’d write a couple of history columns about crops that were important to this region historically.
The first column is about sugar beets, which were a significant cash crop in the area for many decades, until Holly Sugar closed its last sugar plant on the Western Slope, in Delta, in the 1970s.
The second column is about potatoes, which remain an important crop today in parts of western Colorado and especially, the San Luis Valley, This item is about the mobile education system used to train farmers early in the 20th century in the art of growing potatoes.
Jack Dempsey, the long-time heavyweight boxing champion, won his title 100 years ago this week. But long before that fight in Toledo, Ohio, Dempsey lived, worked and fought across much of western Colorado.
Above is the cover of a book that came out in the 1980s, which provides a detailed history of Dempsey’s time in Colorado. Below is a link to my history column about Jack Dempsey.