Diamond Hoax and Douglas Pass

Here are a couple of recent columns, both of which were fun to research and write.

Browns Park
Brown’s Park, Colorado in the 1870s. From Clarence King’s survey, when he discovered that the diamond mine was a hoax. (Library of Congress)

The first is on the famous Diamond Hoax that occurred in northwestern Colorado in the early 1870s. The second is on the political effort to get an automobile route built over Douglas Pass.

Diamond hoax 6-3-19

Coltharp Truck
One of the first trucks used on Douglas Pass. (Uintah County Regional History Center)

Douglas Pass 6-17-19

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