Category Biography

Stratton, the $10 Million Man (Part 4)

The More Things Change Continued from: Part 1: “A Test of Faith” Part 2: “Independence and Influence” Part 3: “A Testament to a Legacy” Winfield Scott Stratton was a man whose destiny had been shaped by dreams. As a teenager, he dreamed of coming to Colorado to seek gold. As a destitute carpenter and part-time prospector, he dreamed of the location of his mother lode, and as a millionaire he

Continue reading…

Stratton, the $10 Million Man (Part 3)

A Testament to a Legacy Continued from: Part 1: “A Test of Faith” Part 2: “Independence and Influence” Winfield Scott Stratton’s life had been directed by prophetic dreams: when he was a kid, he dreamed that he would leave his hometown of Jeffersonville, Indiana to seek his fortune in Colorado. As a middle-aged man, he dreamed that he would find gold on Battle Mountain near the town of Victor, Colorado.

Continue reading…

Stratton, the $10 Million Man (Part 2)

Independence and Influence Continued from: Part 1: “A Test of Faith” As dawn broke on July 4, 1891, Winfield Scott Stratton stood upon his two claims near Victor, Colorado: the Washington and the Independence, named to commemorate the date on which they were claimed. Leslie Popejoy, Stratton’s former co-worker, had grubstaked Stratton the $275 it cost for the claims. Stratton sold a piece of property he owned in Denver for $250

Continue reading…

Stratton, the $10 Million Man (Part 1)

Part 1: A Test of Faith Winfield Scott Stratton, Colorado Springs’ first and biggest nineteenth-century multi-millionaire, was the single largest contributor to Colorado Springs. He left a legacy that still thrives today, although most people don’t know it. This four-part series explores his life and its lasting impact on the Pikes Peak region. Born in Jeffersonville, Illinois in 1848 as one of eight children, by the time he was ten, he

Continue reading…

Rosa’s Husband

If you google the name “Raymond Parks,” you’ll find a lot of information about a daring Georgia hillbilly who served prison time for running moonshine in the 1930s and helped found NASCAR in the 1940s. Unfortunately, Google reveals far less about a black man by the same name, whose famous wife, Rosa Parks, became an iconic civil rights leader during the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama. Yet Rosa’s husband

Continue reading…

Redneck Chic and the Return of Gretchen Wilson

I think I am only slightly exaggerating when I say that being a redneck is sort of fashionable right now. Ever since the white working class proved decisive in the 2016 presidential election, both major parties are re-evaluating their relationship with an “embarrassing” voting bloc they believed they could ignore with impunity.  However, over a year ago, even before Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination, yours truly cautioned against writing

Continue reading…