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Western History and Genealogy News
February 2017

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100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF BUFFALO BILL CODY

100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF BUFFALO BILL CODY

This year the state of Colorado, as well as many others, will celebrate the centenary of the death of the great scout and showman, William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody. With state parks, museums and cultural institutions all over the country dedicated to his memory, his presence reaches far and wide even today.  Read more

THE BEVERAGE OF MODERATION

THE BEVERAGE OF MODERATION

December 5, 1933, saw the ratification of the Twenty First Amendment, and an end to national alcohol prohibition. As you might expect, this was quite a blow to the pietistic organizations which had led the charge in the first place. However, that didn’t mean the battle over sobriety was at an end. In fact, the repeal of the Volstead Act merely left the decision in the hands of the States. Read more

A PRODUCT OF ITS TIME: SAFEWAY COMICS

A PRODUCT OF ITS TIME: SAFEWAY COMICS

Recently, I found myself drawn back to the Colorado Historic Newspapers site, curious to discover what kinds of headlines were on display following America’s use of the atomic bomb. As it turns out, there was surprisingly little discussion about this monumental event, perhaps because the smaller papers favored on the site tended to focus most of their attention on local events. Read more

 

NO SNOW? NO PROBLEM

NO SNOW? NO PROBLEM

What do you do when there's not quite enough snow to ski on? Just break out a shovel and make your own DIY ski course. 

That's what the folks in this picture from sometime around 1940 were doing up in Genesee Park. We don't have a lot of context for this photo, but it's clear that someone put in a lot of work to get this miniature ski path into skiable shape. Read more

RESEARCH

Denver Street Name And Number Changes

DENVER STREET NAME AND NUMBER CHANGES

There was a major change in the downtown address numbering system in 1887 and a major change in street names for the entire city in 1904. The 1887 Sanborn atlas shows former and new address numbers and the 1903/4 Sanborn atlas shows former and current street names. Since the legal description does not usually change, the block and lot numbers can be used to verify the location of the property.  Read more

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