Saturday, November 19, 2011

Barney Ford Restaurant Acknowledged by Rocky

I mentioned that the RMN never gave a shout-out to Barney Ford. Well, here it is.

[RMN, June 22, 1865.]

Friday, November 18, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Captain Robbins Returns

Just keeping tabs on this fellow. If he had a twitter account I could follow it.
[RMN, June 30, 1865.]

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Angry George

[RMN, June 26, 1865.]


[RMN, June 21, 1865, p. 2.]

This was nicely phrased. The latest salvo in the Browne-was-loaded-when-he-rejoiced-about-Evans'-ouster thing. But is the information correct?

The brewery in the first bit -- Zang's? Zing!

No Chinese Allowed

A lot of Chinese would die violently in Colorado coal mines, later on. Also that whole "Hop Alley" thing...

[RMN, June 20, 1865, p.3.]

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bayard Taylor Hated Central City

Travel writer Bayard Taylor visited Colorado in 1866 and the NYT published a series of letters about his trip (which have been compiled in book form). At one point Taylor spent a day or two in Central City, and was appalled by the experience.

Before leaving Central City, I must say that it is the most outrageously expensive place in Colorado. You pay more and get less for the money than in any other part of the world. I am already tired of these bald, clumsy shaped, pock-marked mountains; this one long, windy, dusty street, with its perpetual menace of fire; and this never-ending production of "specimens" and offer of "feet," and shall joyfully say good-by to-morrow morning.

Maybe that's why Taylor's book of letters remains so obscure in Colorado history circles. I wonder, if he were to visit Central today, would he feel that it somehow offers even less for the buck than it did back then.