History Surrounds Us

Greetings from the Forest

Growing up and living in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area in Arizona there was little history other than a building here and there along with the history class in school.  What I find here, in southern Colorado, is the abundance of history and it’s so enlightening.

Take for instance the church I attend.  Zion’s German Lutheran Church was built in 1889 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties in 2006. As Trinidad grew with the railroad and pioneers were making their way west, the German Lutherans came and found themselves in a strange new land with unfamiliar customs.  It was instinctive for these immigrants to congregate around their faith.  Although the Presbyterians asked the Lutherans to join them, eventually the German’s realized they needed their own church.  So in September 1889 the excavation commenced.g1-2149-1

The building ended up an eclectic mix of Romanesque, Gothic, German Renaissance, and Tudor architectural styles.  It is a beautiful, peaceful work of art and a church family of such welcoming love.  I am grateful to God to be a part of such a wonderful congregation.

Moving on, did you know Masterson was appointed city marshal of Trinidad, Colorado on April 17, 1882. He had hardly settled into his $75 a month marshal’s job when Wyatt Earp needed Masterson’s help to prevent the extradition of John Henry “Doc” Holliday from Colorado to Arizona.

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Masterson took his case directly to Colorado Governor Frederick W. Pitkin, who listened to Masterson’s appeal and finally refused to grant Holliday’s extradition. Masterson’s rescue of Doc Holliday, and his nightly “moonlighting” as a faro dealer spelled doom for his career as city marshal of Trinidad, Colorado. On March 28, 1883 a local paper noted that: “There are now two ‘bankers’ running for city offices – Mr. Taylor of the Las Animas County Bank, and Mr. Masterson of the bank of ‘Fair O.’ Both have a large number of depositors – one of time depositors and the other receives his deposits for keeps.” The voters of Trinidad got the message. On April 3, 1883, Masterson was defeated by a lopsided vote of 637 to 248.

And that’s it for todays history blog.

One last thing –

Fall has arrived!

Greetings from the Forest

So the first day of fall was Thursday, September 22nd. It was a crisp and clear morning. You could almost smell the change in the air. The oak brush is turning a golden yellow and orange. The aspens are quaking and changing to a brilliant yellow. The pinecones are falling from the trees faster than you can pick them up. They make great fire starters in the wood stove as well as craft projects! I love this time of year. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we wait for the first snow.

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Many of the locals as well as visitors, travel up Highway 12, the Highway of Legends, to the Cucharas Pass area to see the aspens changing colors. A sure sign fall has arrived and winter is just around the corner. It is a beautiful drive and one I had no clue about before I moved here. In the Phoenix area we didn’t experience a true change of seasons so I love to see it happening here.

The forest animals are working on getting their winter fur and the bears are chowing down getting ready for hibernation. I wonder if the baby bears know they’re going to have a nice long nap. It’s probably instinctual or maybe mama has explained it. Can’t you just imagine mama bear with her babies around her and mama explaining snow, cold, winter, napping in the den and the anticipation of spring. Ok, so maybe I just have that image in my head but it could happen, maybe.

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Ok that Highway of Legends (State Highway 12) – what is it? It goes from Trinidad to La Veta Colorado through the San Isabel National Forest. Established in 1920 it was designated a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway in 1989. The highway passes through several historic little towns such as Segundo, Stonewall and Cuchara where the pass is 9,938 feet in elevation to the west you can see the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is a beautiful and historic drive and highly recommended.

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So happy fall from the forest and of course it wouldn’t be my blog without….

The boys –

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