Dr. Colorado

2016-2017 tours & talks with  "Dr. Colorado "

                                                  all are welcome - please join us

Strolling Historic Montclair


Sunday, May 7, 2017  1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Enjoy Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel’s slide show and walking tour of Baron Walter Von Richthofen’s Montclair Town, a model suburban escape from the big bad city to the west.  We get a peek at the Baron’s 35-room castle, the centerpiece of this elevated neighborhood.  We also tour the Molkery and a historic mansion. Tom is a 50-year Montclair resident and author of two books about the area, one of Denver’s first historic districts. 

Cost: History Colorado members $34, nonmembers $45

Information and Registration at 303-866-2394 

Celebrate the Solstice: Arvada By Rail

Wednesday, June 21, 2017  4:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and RTD’s master guide Ryan Mulligan for a ride on RTD’s new Gold Line rail excursion. We start at the Cactus Club with drinks and scrumptious snacks  along with a slide show of Denver’s rail  history including RTD’s new rail network. A short walk from the club takes us to Union Station and our train. We will linger in historic Olde Town Arvada and sample a brewpub or two.

Cost: History Colorado members $59, nonmembers $80

Information and Registration at 303-866-2394 


Thursday - Sunday  October 5-8, 2017

Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for an unforgettable  tour of southern Colorado’s quaint adobe churches, villages, and a pair of historic trains. Our first jaunt is aboard the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad for a trip in the heart of the San Luis Valley. Next, we board the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the country’s longest and highest steam narrow gauge excursion. Both trains provide fine views of  some of Colorado’s most spectacular aspen leaf gold. Other highlights include the home of the Manassa Mauler, the Rio Grande on its way to New Mexico, and a stop in San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado, for a visit to its famous shrine.
Cost: History Colorado members $675 Single supplement $225. Non-members $750. Cost includes Includes three nights’ lodging, bus and train transportation, guides, entrance fees and six meals including a welcome dinner.

Registration: Must register by September 8. Register at 303-866-2394


Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:00 A.M. -  3:00 P.M.

Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel continues a tradition of exploring Denver’s ethnic heritage. Mother Cabrini reported that Colorado mine and railroad owners looked upon Italians as “ingenious machines for work,” referring to their often abysmal working conditions. For all that, the Italians would forever change north Denver, with foods grown in the Platte River Bottoms and hauled to the Denargo Market for the city’s homes and restaurants. Though Denver’s Italian neighborhoods no longer host the sons of Roma and Sicilia exclusively, the spices of countless stories are there to be savored.

$80. Members $64 Includes bus transportation, one drink ticket, a light lunch, guides, and interpretation. Register at 303-866-2394


Monday, October, 23, 2017, 5:30 P.M. -  9:00 P.M.

Savor Halloween tales with Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel in History Colorado’s annual fundraising affair at the historic and haunted Grant-Humphreys Mansion. Storytellers include Mark Twain (Hugh Bingham), Edgar Allan Poe (Dennis Gallagher), J.J. and “Unsinkable” Margaret Brown (Breck and Mary Lynn Grover), Jenny Rogers (Katy Ordway) and other creepy characters. We’ll listen for things that go bump in the night and learn the fate of the dearly departed spirits that now inhabit other nearby Capitol Hill edifices.
Cost: $80. History Colorado Members $64   Includes interpretation, beer, wine, snacks & Halloween dessert buffet.

Register at 303-866-2394


Saturday, October 28, 2017,  1:00 P.M - 4:30 P.M. 

Voltaire, the great French historian, once defined history as “a trick we play on the dead.” Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and a  cast of star CU-Denver students and grads will explore that idea with a walking tour of Colorado’s largest necropolis. Meet the unusually lively occupants of subterranean dwellings. Re-enactors will portray notable occupants, from mayors to madams, including the good (Dr. Justina Ford), the bad (Grand Dragon John Galen Locke) and the ugly (Col. John Chivington).

Cost: $50. History Colorado Members $34  Free tomb side taxi service provided by the Model A Ford Club of Colorado, weather permitting.

Register at 303-866-2394