When people think of Colorado, the first images that come to mind are often of mountains, hiking, snow, trout fishing, big game hunting, skiing, and professional football. But Colorado, like every other state, has
Historically, during the settling of the West, many battles occurred between the soldiers and the Native Americans on the eastern plains and up in the high country. The Santa Fé Trail cuts across the southeastern corner of the state. Mesa Verde, in the southwestern corner at the Four Corners area, offers a grand experience with exploring Anasazi cliff dwellings. The Royal Gorge and Pikes Peak hold mountain secrets and spectacular panoramic views. Gold was discovered in 1859 and silver in 1864. Before statehood in 1876, the southern part of the state was called No Man’s Land, which was a safe haven for the people on the wrong side of the law. Legend has it that ‘not an honest man drank from Butte Creek’. The infamous Ludlow Massacre (coal mining camp) happened in 1914. The Dust Bowl years coincided with the Great Depression of the 1930s to make an already difficult existence that much harder for the inhabitants.
For the visitor who is interested in an historic driving tour of the state, it would take weeks to see even a fraction of the historic sites. But if that visitor yearns to experience out-of-the-way historical places, then pick up a road map, and head out on Highway 287—aka Ports to Plains highway—and make your way to the far southeastern corner of the state, where I live. Here is a brief list of lesser-visited historic places, with links to follow for more information:
Sand Creek Massacre – near Eads
Bent’s Old Fort – La Junta
Canyonlands of the Comanche National Grasslands (rock art *petroglyphs* in Picture Canyon and CarrizoCanyon) – near Campo
Two Buttes State Wildlife Area – near Two Buttes
When embarking upon any drive in Colorado, always pack plenty of water and food, blankets, coats, and don’t leave your camera at home. The wildlife, sunsets, mountains, and prairie are ripe with photographic opportunities you’ll not want to miss.
Kaye, a native Coloradoan born and raised on a cattle ranch in the northeastern corner of the state, relocated twenty-five years ago to the southeastern corner. Colorado is often the setting for her western romances.
Kaye’s western romances are out-of-print while they undergo revision for 2nd edition release during 2015. Currently, she has stories in three anthologies with Prairie Rose Publications.
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Kaye’s stories are in these anthologies:
Lassoing a Mail-Order Bride
Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico – Vol. 2
Wild Texas Christmas
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