Colorado Forts
(Power Point; 45 minutes with time for comments)

This survey of Colorado forts covers those open to the public and includes the early history of the fur trade industry.  Also, the creation of military forts to protect important trade routes is part of this talk.  Fort like Bents Old Fort, operated by the National Park Service, Fort Garland and Fort Vasquez, operated by History Colorado and Fort Uncompahgre, operated by the town of Delta are among the subjects of this talk.

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Colorado Country Schools
(Power Point; 45 minutes with time for comments)

A pictorial review and brief history of selected Colorado country schools will include those schools that remain standing and can be visited from a public road.  This first appeared as a series of articles in the Loveland Reporter-Herald and proved quite popular among readers.  Some of the oldest schools in the state are included, many built of logs.

The Great Western Railway
(Power Point; 45 minutes with time for comments)

Starting with the purpose of the Great Western Railway including a brief overview of how the sugar beet process works, the origins of the railroad are covered.  The sequence on how the Great Western Railway was constructed is followed by historic photographs of its steam locomotives in action.  Movies and excursions are included.  The talk ends with a review of the railroad today.

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Rocky Mountain National Park Pictorial History
(Power Point; 40 minutes followed by questions and answers)

This talk illustrates the many structures that once populated Rocky Mountain National Park. The earliest inhabitants were paleo-Indians that date back 13,000 years.  The opening of the park in 1915 is followed by the industries within the park including logging, mining and ranching.  The early pioneers often developed lodges. These became the park’s dominate the commercial interests.  The construction of the three principle roads; Fall River, Trail Ridge and the Bear Lake Road conclude this talk.



Estes Park Beginnings
(Power Point; 40 minutes followed by questions and answers)

 This talk begins with how the Estes Park Valley was discovered and named.  It is illustrated with the very earliest images of the valley.  The talk moves on to the development of a tourist industry followed by the Earl of Dunraven’s Ranch.  It shows a sequence of historic photographs of the Town of Estes Park with many views taken at what is now Moraine and Elkhorn Avenues. 

World Railroads
(Power Point; 45 minutes with time for comments)

This covers the many types of railroads and gauges found throughout the world.  China, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia are just a few of the countries covered in this talk.  All types of motive power are included including tram, electric traction, steam and diesel-electric.

Colorado’s Best Ghost Towns
(Power Point; 35 minutes followed by questions and answers)

The state’s best ghost towns, including their history, are presented in four-color images.  First hand accounts by the author during his research give the audience an idea of what to expect when visiting these places.  Ample time is provided for questions.