The “Killdozer” incident involving Marvin John Heemeyer and his bulldozer took place near Granby, Colorado in 2004. A long-held grievance against town officials over a zoning issue provided the fuel for Heemeyer’s painstaking preparation of a bulldozer with many layers of steel armor before he set it loose on the town.
The Million Dollar Highway is a famous scenic byway in the United States, and the history of the area is as fascinating as the wild scenery it passes through. This section of Colorado’s US Route 550 was originally built in the late 19th century as a supply road for the state’s mining industry. The difficult topography was a major factor in the project’s high price tag.
The wind, the water, and the passage of time have all left their mark on the history of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado, USA. The spectacular sand dunes in the park were developed over millennia by the interaction of prevailing winds and the area’s geology.
An important turning point in the history of American expansion occurred during the Mexican-American War (1846–1848). Tensions between Texas and Mexico erupted into a full-scale war due to territorial issues and competing interpretations of the border between the two countries. The annexation of Texas by the United States and the ideology of “Manifest Destiny” only inflamed the need for expansion.
During the 1930s, the Great Plains were hit hard by the Dust Bowl, a tragic period in American history. Dust storms were more frequent and more intense, and broad ecological deterioration occurred, all as a result of a confluence of environmental, agricultural, and economic forces. The land’s indigenous grasses were wiped out by intensive plowing, and the topsoil was destabilized by the effects of drought and the Great Depression.
Wild West history in Colorado is a fascinating narrative of pioneers, prospectors, lawmen, outlaws, and the chase of dreams in a harsh and unforgiving landscape. Colorado became a center for excitement and prosperity in the late 19th century, when the Gold Rush swept the American West.
Murder of JonBenet Ramsey The murder of JonBenét Ramsey, a 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant, in 1996 in her Boulder, Colorado home, remains a haunting and unsolved mystery. Her lifeless body was found in the basement hours after her family reported her missing. The case garnered immense media attention due to its shocking nature and the …
Mesa Verde National Park, in southwest Colorado, is an interesting and unusual place to visit because of the insight it provides into the history of Native American cultures from long ago. Ancestral Puebloans, who lived in the area from about 600 to 1300 AD, left behind a wealth of well-preserved cliff houses and archaeological sites in this national park.