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Beautiful, self-confident and hot tempered, “Queen” Ann Bassett stood up to Colorado’s powerful ranchers

Author Diana Allen Kouris sifts through Bassett's legend to find the facts behind one of the West's most intriguing characters during the 19th-century cattle wars

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A family connection to a legendary Colorado cowgirl sent an author on an exhaustive research roundup

Diana Allen Kouris grew up hearing stories about Ann Bassett on the family's ranch in northwest Colorado, and rode the same trails as the woman she chronicled

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Write On, Colorado: In these trying times, change is hard. Writing helps.

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

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Colorado’s other pandemic: The 1918 flu and the lessons learned — or maybe not — for coronavirus

Aside from some quick action in Gunnison, cities and towns across the state struggled as the flu pandemic of 1918 ran its deadly course


Bureau of Land Management to give land to Colorado to settle debt dating back to 1876

Federal officials say the transfer would satisfy the debt it owed Colorado in 1876 under the Statehood Act.


Denver to change curriculum that educators said “eliminates the Native American perspective”

The changes come after a Denver high school principal, who is a member of the Klamath tribe of Oregon, expressed horror with the curriculum — and frustration that it hadn’t yet been changed


The compelling legend of Colorado’s Poker Alice Tubbs pestered an author to launch her pursuit of the unvarnished truth

Some writers didn't let facts get in the way of the Old West figure's bigger-than-life story, but Liz Duckworth felt driven to document the still-fascinating reality

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It turns out the keys to the origins of modern life on Earth were buried under Colorado Springs

Denver Museum of Nature & Science spent three years combing through the Corral Bluff area, just east of Colorado Springs, finding fossils that painted a picture of how the planet’s ecosystem recovered from the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event


Up and down Colorado, the author saw the history of sheepherding written in the trees

That history carved into nature inspired Andrew Gulliford to chronicle generations of sheepherders -- right up to the present day

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Sheepherders’ history reveals itself in texts carved into aspens over generations

In this excerpt from "The Woolly West," author Andrew Gulliford examines the sheepherders' canvas: From simple names and dates to elaborate, signed artwork, these men literally left their mark on a fading chapter of Colorado history

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Presidents’ affinities for foods reveal their humanity, but alcohol has proven a dicier deal throughout history

In "The President's Kitchen Cabinet," renowned food writer Adrian Miller explores the African Americans who fed First Families, but also how different administrations handled the fraught topic of temperance

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Research for “Soul Food” led author to tales of African-Americans at work on White House cuisine

Adrian Miller found that while African American chefs cooked for every president, their stories remained largely untold

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A monumental question: Can Denver’s Beat Generation fans create a tribute to a movement and its inspiration?

Millions were inspired by Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” but his buddy, Denver’s Neal Cassady, fueled the literary and cultural upheaval. Now there’s a move to immortalize them in bronze.


Redstone Castle spent years in financial distress. The accountants who own it now are “a dream come true”

April and Steve Carver, also behind the overhaul of the majestic Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs, apply their historic renovation skills to work for one of Colorado’s most storied buildings


Drought has revealed for the first time a Colorado town flooded to build a reservoir. And scientists expect to see it again.

All of the town of Iola has been revealed for the first time since it was inundated in 1966, but water experts say they expect it to happen again and again as the effects of climate change worsen

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