Historic Douglas County, Inc.
NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES is a Historic Douglas County, Inc. (HDC) webpage, originated in September, 2016. Every now and then, HDC encounters a website that is a really good educational website, contributing both accurate and significant information relative to the settling of Colorado and the culture and early economic profile of the West. The listings are verified by HDC as providing accurate, historical material. Consequently, HDC maintains the right to refuse any information forwarded to us for listing on this site.
Vietnam Veterans of America
Click on the “Vietnam Veterans of America,” above, or go to Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) South Metro Denver Chapter 1106 (www.vva1106.org) to develop an appreciation of how Vietnam War veterans are reaching out to the South Metro Denver Community (Douglas, Arapahoe and Elbert Counties) to assist all veterans with many issues from PTSD to financial hardships to disability assistance to scholarships and more.
The chapter was approved by VVA National on February 12, 2015 and has grown to over 80 members. There are only three chapters in Colorado, but the VVA State Council is working vigorously to establish more chapters throughout the state. Take the time to read the Chapters bi-monthly newsletter which can be found on the website.
VVA’S FOUNDING PRINCIPLE: “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”
Wheels that Won the West
Click on “Wheels that Won the West” title, above, and you will be transported to one of the most professional and accurate website (blog spot) on the Internet about wagons that truly conquered and settled the West. David Sneed is a professional’s professional when it comes to putting together one of the most educational websites by wagons contribution to the settlement of the West that you will have ever seen.
Here’s what David says about his website, The Wheels That Won The West®… “The Wheels That Won The West® collection spans more than two centuries of horse drawn vehicle manufacture. It contains scarce imagery, specifications, correspondence, promotional literature & other all-but-forgotten historical details of the workings of America’s early western transportation industry. The subject is a huge and virtually untouched aspect of western study; rich with untold stories of personal, corporate & national dreams. Focusing on the heavier farm, freight, ranch, coach, business & military vehicles that built the western frontier of the U.S., our research and articles have been published by the American Chuck Wagon Association, National Stagecoach & Freight Wagon Association, Santa Fe Trail Association, The Carriage Journal, Farm Collector, Driving Digest & Wild West magazines as well as the Wheels That Won The West® website & numerous other traditional and on-line publications. Complementing our commitment to research, publishing, entertainment & promotional projects, we are frequently called on for vehicle consulting, identification & authentication work.“
Goodnight Barn Restoration
Click on the “Goodnight Barn Restoration,” above, and go to the Facebook page of this fascinating, historic project. Charles M. Goodnight was a cattleman, inventor, pioneer and entrepreneur who had tremendous impact on Colorado, Texas and the West. Goodnight’s name and character was a stalwart cornerstone of the West. He and his partner, Oliver Loving, established perhaps the most important and heavily traveled cattle trial in the American West. His Rock Canyon Ranch west of Pueblo served as the northern headquarters of the famous Goodnight-Loving Trail.
The 1871 horse and carriage barn is now in the process of being restored. The Goodnight Barn Restoration Facebook page takes the reader to the heart of this interesting, historic project.