Old west Colorado. A colorful state; rich in everything about the wild west you can imagine. The most fascinating stories are here; the first explorers, Native Americans, the discovery of Pikes Peak and much more.
As a youngster growing up in the 50's, I loved the TV westerns of the time and became intrigued with the old west. Moving to this history rich state was a dream come true.
I have lived here for many years, read about and visited numerous areas rich in old west Colorado history.
I have put this site together to share with all of you who are fascinated with the old west. It is a work in progress.
With the renewal of interest in American history, especially the wild west, historic vacations have become popular. So here is my contribution for all with a passion to learn more about our country's past.
To begin, Colorado's history is short, encompassing about 200 years as far as the written word goes.
It was an exciting time that included exploration, gold and silver booms, ranching, farming, Native Americans, Colorado legends, gamblers, gunfighters and much more.
Believe it or not, the state was a tropical rain forest and dinosaurs once roamed the area.
The first humans to come to the area migrated from the land bridge of the Bering Strait and populated the region millions of years after a major cosmic event that formed the Rocky Mountains.
Explorers and trappers discovered the rich bounty of these mountains.
Native Americans depended on the abundant buffalo herds for food, clothing and shelter until the white man arrived, butchering them for sport and to feed the ever growing population pouring into the state. The buffalo almost became extinct.
A major gold rush in the state started a frantic flow of people from the east to the rich gold fields and the slogan "Pikes Peak or Bust" was born.
Some of the greatest legends of the wild west came to the state as prospectors, lawmen, gunfighters and gamblers.
Wildlife was abundant and many species of deer, elk, birds, wildflowers, etc. were newly discovered.
Farmers and ranchers settled in the territory. Life was hard for these people but they persevered.
Most of the towns you recognize on a map of the state, started out as forts, tent cities or gold camps.
There is so much more you will discover about old west Colorado. A timeless, fascinating, and legendary state.