Archive for October, 2010

Western Road Trip

20 Oct
Grand Canyon

Sunrise at the Grand Canyon

Nothing beats a road trip from Colorado to Arizona to get in touch with the Old West. Once again, Women Writing the West outdid themselves by producing the best conference experience ever near Wickenburg, Arizona. We took advantage of the destination by taking to the highway to get there, via the Grand Canyon. As if the stupendous beauty of the Grand Canyon was not enough to feed our spirits, there was plenty of western culture along the way.

Mule Train

Mule pack train at the Grand Canyon

Durango, Colorado provided yet another historic highlight to the trip. A narrow gauge steam train runs from Durango to Silverton, and houses a museum in its depot. Evidence of my book subject, General William Palmer, founder of the D&RG railroad, which connected Durango to the nation, can be found at every turn. Durango’s historic downtown is worthy as a destination in itself.

Joyce B. Lohse, 10/20/10


History in Your Home Town

06 Oct
True Denver

Allen True historic mural in Denver's Civic Center Pavilion with state capitol in background

Sometimes it is easy to become complacent and forget about the rich history in our own backyards. A walk on a sunny Saturday morning in Denver led us to Civic Center Park, where we stepped into the recently restored Greek Theater in the South Pavilion to enjoy a historic scene called “The Trapper”, a 1920 Allen True mural. Allen True was a local artist and illustrator who provided the city with public art, which we continue to enjoy in several locations, including the Colorado State Capitol and the Denver City and County Building. Beautiful architecture and serene artwork provided temporary shelter in the chilly early-fall morning for a couple of joggers, camera-toting pedestrians, and a man sleeping at the bottom of the stairs, a reminder of the edgy urban setting in contrast with the pastoral western wilderness image. After photographing the mural, we quietly moved on.

Joyce B. Lohse, 10/6/10

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