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Buckskin Bill’s Imaginary Love Affair with Rattlesnake Kate

Buckskin Bill’s Imaginary Love Affair with Rattlesnake Kate

One might feel like they are intruding while reading the personal correspondence between Colonel Charles D. Randolph, who called himself “Buckskin Bill” the “Poet of the Plains”, and Kate Slaughterback, a.k.a. Rattlesnake Kate. The reality is that the poems are a reflection of the story-spinning abilities of this “Poet of the Plains.”

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Things I Learned while Looking Up Something Else

Things I Learned while Looking Up Something Else

Historian Carol Rein Shwayder began researching her family genealogy in the 1970s. She was “dismayed, and shocked” to find there was no book written for Weld County history. In 1983, Shwayder self-published Weld County Old & New: History of Weld County, Colorado, Vol. I, Chronology 1836-1983.  It is described by the author as “A chronological compendium of interesting, useful, and hard-to-find facts and information about the history and development of Weld County, Colorado. Herein follows a sampling of excerpted entries.

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Out of the Cold

Out of the Cold

Keeping warm was a priority in the winter months of Greeley’s early days. During the 1870s, The Greeley Tribune reported many incidents of people who had frozen their feet and hands while working on the plains in severe weather conditions.

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Fort Jackson and the Fur Trade

Fort Jackson and the Fur Trade

Fort Jackson was established in 1837 on the South Platte River. It was well-stocked with trade goods and quickly shut down the local small operations in the region.

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Wedding Customs of the Late 19th Century

Wedding Customs of the Late 19th Century

The social “dos and don’ts” of wedding etiquette can be perplexing and they continue to change with time. The wedding ceremony of Rozene Meeker, daughter of Greeley’s founder Nathan Meeker, gives us a glimpse of what a typical wedding was like in the 1880s.

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Knights of the Roaring Wheels

Knights of the Roaring Wheels

In 1938, motorcycling had a dramatic comeback in Greeley with the organization of the “Knights of the Roaring Wheels”, a motorcycle club emphasizing safety.

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