A Frontier Superhero

Comic books tell the story of larger than life characters.  In the mid 1800s, the comic books of the days took one unassuming mountain man and turned him into a frontier superhero…

What You Know and Who You Know

Sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know.  In Kit Carson’s case, it was both that made him a well-known figure yet today…

A Well Known Frontiersman

This well-known frontiersman loved to hear the stories of those traveling west.  One day, he decided it was time to sneak away and try that life too…

The Best Climate to Help Ease An Ailment

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Today we may rely on the latest advancements in science and medicine to help cure disease.  Of course, in the 1800s, science provided some answers, but many folks simply looked for the best climate to help their ease their ailment...

James’ Peak

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014You’ve perhaps never heard of James’ Peak.  It more accurate to say you’ve heard of the mountain, but you simply don’t know it by that
name.  In fact, you may have been to the top of the peak that James climbed, but he didn’t get the credit so to speak.
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A Landmark With a Name

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014As Lewis and Clark headed west and north in 1803 to explore the newly acquire Louisiana Purchase, another explorer headed to the
southwestern reaches of that territory.  One of the landmarks he found still bears his name today…

A Landmark Burned to the Ground

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014It was perhaps the most important stop on the entire length of the Santa Fe Trail. However, under two decades after its establishment, it was burned to the ground…

800 Miles and One Stop

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Today you can travel down just about any interstate highway in America and find plenty of truck stops. Now turn back the clock nearly two centuries and imagine an 800 mile long interstate with just one such stop…

An Enterprising Fort

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014When you think of forts in the western U.S., you may remember military fortresses built to keep the peace and secure the routes of settlers.  That’s what makes this early fort unique, for it was not built by the government, but rather an enterprising group of men on the Santa Fe Trail…

The Cyle of a Cesium Atom

If I said I’d be back in a second, I’d literally be back in 9,192,631,770 cycles of a cesium atom.  Why is that important?  Well, the cycles of that cesium atom have a lot more to do with life than you could imagine…..

The Most Accurate of Clocks

For most of human history, the movement of the sun, moon and planets has been used to measure time.  But even the ancients knew that the rotating earth wasn’t 100% accurate.  That’s where Tom O’Brian comes in…..

A Bad Purchase?

The general public usually wants its elected officials to be fiscally responsible.  But the purchase the commissioners in Kit Carson County made was so over-the-top, they had to be removed from office…..

The Budweiser Clydesdales

Irocnically, this well known team of horses was first assembled during the prohibition years. Today, they continue to be some of the most loved and recognized animals in the nation…