Many of you have probably stopped at this Colorado Welcome Center at Julesburg. There is a concentrated lump of history in this area and a great local loop of points of interest. In fact, there were four versions of Julesburg. I'll only cover a few points. First of all the town was named after Jules Beni. Jules was a station master for the stage and PE station. He may have been a little slippery and may have been ripping off the company. Jack Slade, a regional manager for the company who bragged about killing 23 people in his lifetime, was coming to town to deal with Jules. Jules got the jump on Slade and shot him with a shotgun. Slade retreated back east to get repaired. Soon he came back and killed Jules Beni and cut off his ears. He nailed one to a post and kept the other as a watch fob. Despite being a killer, I guess Slade got things done business wise. Slade got his later on in Nevada. He heard there was a warrant out for him for disorderly conduct so he grabbed a gun and went looking for the judge. A vigilante mob of miners grabbed Slade, told him they were sick of his BS, and hung him. Slade's wife, a character herself, had Slade's body put into a tin lined coffin that was filled with whiskey and had him shipped back to Salt Lake City. This reminds me of . . . . . . this. Lots of markers on this loop. Lots of history as well. Remember the indian attacks on the lines of communications in 1864? This was the western end of it. There was a fort nearby (gone now) that had a few soldiers in it. In January 1865, some indians attacked a wagon train and a stage coach nearby. When word reached the fort, a Captain there took his small band of troops and chased after the indians. Once they chased them up into the hills, the Captain found out there were about 1000 indians there and that he was nearly surrounded. He uttered something like "Oh my gosh!" and hauled ass. The Captain brought two cannons with him. The troops fought a four mile running battle with the indians to get back to the fort. Apparently the indian commander could not "see" the battlefield or did not have the agility he needed to maneuver his warriors to get between the retreating troops and the fort. The indians should have had them. Being a former artillery commander, I would like to be able to say that the artillery saved the day . . . but I doubt it. I think that the indians had the greatest combat power. Most of the artillery shots seemed to be shots made on the retreat to startle the warriors or break up their formations. Fifteen of the Captain's 33 men, and five civilians, were killed in this running battle. The indians hung around the fort later on hoping to draw the troops out. Eventually the indians said "Fuggedaboudit, these guys ain't coming out. Lets go burn the town". They did while people watched from the fort.