A retired journalist, I now concentrate on writing history columns and books related to history. I live in Western Colorado and enjoy horseback riding, hiking, bicycling and other outdoor activities when I'm not writing.
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.
I’m off to Hotchkiss Sunday (Feb. 17) to give a presentation to the Hotchkiss Historical Society related to my book, Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau.
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
Had a great trip to Shavano Valley west of Montrose with some friends recently to view the ancient rock art there.
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.
With 2019 now a reality (How did that happen so quickly?) I’m completing some projects and resuming work on others.
At the end of the year, I turned in my manuscript, photos and drawings for my book “The Cadottes of Lake Superior: One Family’s Journey Through the Fur-Trade Era.” It is to be published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, probably some time in 2020. Now, the process begins of working with editors at the Press to clean up and make improvements to the manuscript and get it ready for publication.
In the meantime, I have a number of presentations related to my most recently published book “Historical Adventures on the Colorado Plateau,” which was published by the History Press in June 2018.
— February 11, I’ll be at Out West Books on Main Street in Grand Junction, discussing “Historical Adventures” and signing copies of it. It begins at 6 p.m.
— February 17, I’ll be making a presentation to the Hotchkiss Historical Society based on my book. The annual meeting begins in Hotchkiss at 2 p.m.
— February 21, at the Museum of Western Colorado for the Mesa County Historical Society’s monthly presentation, beginning at noon.
As I prepare for those, I’d better get back to writing my regular history columns for The Daily Sentinel. And posting them in a timely manner.
With the holidays and some traveling, I’ve been delayed in getting my latest columns posted again. Here are links to two more — one about wolf eradication in Colorado in the 1920s and one about New Year’s 1919.