Stagecoach and Train Robbery in Colorado

The only public transportation before 1869 was the Stagecoach, and most areas were served by the interconnecting stage lines. Naturally they were an obvious and tempting target for outlaws, especially those who were just breaking into the bandito business. In 1869, when the transcontinental railroad was completed, the stagecoach was the only form of public transportation available. The stagecoach system remained the best way to travel most of the remote areas in the Rocky Mountain west into the early 1900’s. The best travel money could buy until 1869! Since many of the local mining companies transported their payrolls by stagecoach, … Continue reading

The Reynolds Gang stolen treasure

Many Confederate soldiers formed into militia groups during the War for Southern Independence in Colorado. They included the Fairplay Unit, Leadville Unit, Denver Unit, and Mace’s Hole. Col John Heffiner was the highest ranking Confederate to operate in the state. He and his officers were forming a regiment at Mace’s Hole in 1862. They were attacked and driven out of the territory by Union forces from Ft. Garland. Southern sympathizers, the Reynolds Gang operated in South Park in 1864. In July of that year, Jim Reynolds and eight Confederate “soldiers” launched, what would become, the only invasion of the South … Continue reading

Jack Slade and the Virginia Dale Stage Robbery

Jack Slade and the Virginia Dale Stage Robbery

Bandit gangs who regularly terrorized the stage lines, chose several areas that were well scouted to work, one is along the famous Overland Trail in Colorado, as hide-outs. The gang felt so comfortable in the remote landscape that they even went so far as to build a cabin. A hideout cabin was built at the top of “Robber’s Roost”, on Table Mountain, about a mile to the northeast of the Stage Station. The hideout was well placed, with a great 360 degree view it was hard to sneak up on, and it was very difficult to climb because of the … Continue reading

Getting Started

The pursuit of Happiness Of all the good reasons for taking up the hobby of Gold Prospecting the first and foremost is the FUN! No matter what season or weather, it is always a good excuse for taking the time to get out and run the dogs. We revel in enjoying the freedom to explore America. Gold Prospecting is the very essence of the pursuit of happiness, in all its American glory! Recreational Gold prospecting doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get started. A number 2 shovel and a gold pan IS the list of basic … Continue reading

The Moffat County “Diamond Fields” hoax

Moffat County in Colorado’s northwest corner is home to one of gem collecting’s most notorious gemstone mining frauds. The Great Diamond Hoax a notorious frontier gemstone mining fraud that made scandalous headlines across the country in 1872. The 1860’s and 1870’s saw many exciting foreign discoveries of diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. It seemed the United States had a precious gemstone bonanza of its own in 1872 when two prospectors arrived at the Bank of California in San Francisco. Philip Arnold and Jack Slack, cousins and native Kentuckians, deposited a canvas bag containing the purported fruits of their latest prospecting venture… … Continue reading