Ghost Towns and “Wild Wednesdays”: In Case You Missed These

WednesdayThemesFor your re-consideration, here are a few Wednesday articles that you might have missed, starting with some 1913 wild weather:

Wild Weather Wednesday:  The Great Flood of 1913 (Part One) and Part Two – I wrote about this epic storm (actually 1913 was a year of storms as it turned out) after reading the book Washed Away (reviewed here).  Epic series of storms that moved across the nation, causing death and destruction in March of 1913.  But that wasn’t the only devastating storm of 1913.  Later that year, the Great Lakes Storm, or The White Hurricane caused massive damage, sunk ships and brought cities like Cleveland, Ohio to a standstill.

Following the Great Lakes storm, Colorado was buried under massive amounts of snow in early December — Cripple Creek reported drifts as high as fifteen feet.  You can read about “Yet Another 1913 Historic Storm” here.  I also muse about another historic Colorado snow storm I lived through in 1982 — “The Blizzard of ’82” they called it.

Wild West Wednesday articles usually get several views, but you might want to check in case you missed them:

Wild West Wednesday:  The Sweetwater Shootout  – This story took place at a buffalo hunter camp around what is now Mobeetie in Wheeler County, Texas.  This wasn’t any ordinary shootout, however.  This one involved none other than Bat Masterson who was working as an Indian scout at the time.  Some believe this was the incident that made Masterson a legend.

Wild West Wednesday:  Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith, Con Artist Extraordinaire – This “Wild West” character made headlines all over the country from the early 1870’s to the 1920’s.  His wealthy family was devastated by the Civil War and later moved to Texas.  Smith set his sights on being a con artist, however, and from one of those cons he received his nickname “Soapy”.   After wandering all over the West, Smith ended up in Skagway, Alaska during the gold rush of the 1890’s where he met his untimely death.  Interesting character.

And, finally, a couple of Ghost Town articles that might tickle your fancy on this ice cold last day of 2014:

Ghost Town Wednesday:  Hawaiian Ghost Town Where?? – This story is interesting because this particular Hawaiian ghost town is located in Utah.  Fascinating history of how native Hawaiians came to Utah, lived under harsh conditions and the artifacts they left behind.

Ghost Town Wednesday:  Independence, Colorado – Talk about a cold place!  This old mining town was high up in the mountains east of Aspen at an altitude of almost 11,000 feet, where snow falls from October through May.

Enjoy the last day of 2014 and everyone stay safe and warm!

Have a GREAT day . . . someday it will be HISTORY!

© Sharon Hall (Digging History), 2014.


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