Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Post by Doris McCraw
writing as Angela Raines

Photo property of the author
January is almost over. The resolutions, goals, intentions may be forgotten, yet are they? Sometimes we start on a journey where turning back is not an option. These thoughts bring up the question of the early pioneers, and what drove them.

Many times the stories of those early people beg us to find out more. Many a time the story of Cuerno Verde and de Anza pulls one back to the conflict of people over land and resources. Many remember de Anza. The Anza Society studies the life and time of Juan Bautista de Anza. What would have been different if Cuerno Verde had survived? These questions are fuel for research and stories.

What of the people of Boggsville, Colorado?  What of the people who started that town? The connections go back to Bent's Fort, which is another piece of history that one can get lost in. Boggsville article

Speaking of Forts, Colorado had many. Starting with Bent and growing throughout the Eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains to capitalize on the natural resources the mountains had to offer. Then you have Roubidouox who started a fort on the Western slope. What drove him to build in what was then a foreign country?

Fort Vasquez in Colorado (rebuilt)
It is these questions, the no turning back aspect of the decisions these early arrivers that beg research and someone to tell their stories, both fiction and non-fiction. So as we move into February and the rest of 2020, what stories will we be telling? What have we decided that is a 'no turning back' situation? Where are we headed in this research/creative life we have chosen?

Doris Gardner-McCraw -writing as Angela Raines
Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in
Colorado and Women's History
Angela Raines - author: Where Love & History Meet


  1. I included Joseph Roubidoux IV family in one of my books, but I missed his older brother Antoine having the fist trading post-forts west of the continental divide.

    1. That whole family has a rich history. Which book, Frank? Doris

  2. I love how you introduce us to such interesting facts and places in Colorado as well as other western topics. It so makes me want to visit there and explore.

    1. So many stories and so many questions. That is what keeps me going. I confess, I love my adopted state, but the history of human migration is one that transcends time and place.

      Thank you for the kind words, Elizabeth. Hope you can visit one day. Doris

  3. We definitely should live closer together!

    1. Just think of the information the world would be exposed to whe it comes to history. LOL Agree, closer would be easier. Doris