Film director John Ford’s interest in Monument Valley and southeastern Utah has long fascinated me
So, on the 70th anniversary of the release of “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” I decided to write a column about it. The link is below.
The first photo is of some members of the Hayden Survey in Colorado in 1874. The second is a drawing of the Little Bookcliffs near Grand Junction, from the Survey’s 1876 report.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a link to the history column I wrote about her for The Daily Sentinel;
This is her on horseback later in life. And below is a photo of her cabin as it appears today.
I got the chance to talk at length with two of them, Sheri Burham and Emerald Tanner, both fifth-generation Indian traders in the southwest, and I wrote the column linked to below.
Ben Lowe, the man on the left, was one of two men who shot and killed each other on that fateful day. the other was Cash Sampson, a brand inspector and for Delta County Sheriff.
Here is the link to that column: Escalante gunfight 3-25-19
Earlier, I wrote about the water battle between California and Arizona at Lake Havasu. Here is that link. Havasu water war 3-11-19
Finally, here is a link to my February 25 column on the Depression-era gold boom in Colorado. Depression gold boom
Additionally, on Sunday The Daily Sentinel is going to publish an article I wrote about the trip Judy and I and some friends recently took to Cuba. This is a photo from that trip.
I’ll be doing a another presentation related to Historic Adventure at noon Thursday for the Mesa County Historical Society. That one will be at the Museum of Western Colorado in downtown Grand Junction
Because the rock art is on private land controlled by a trust, we arranged the trip through the Ute Museum in Montrose, as all visitors must. We had a great guide named Russ Barr, shown here pointing out some of the art. My history column from The Daily Sentinel is below.