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Barb Melfi, left, her husband Ralph, middle, who are Colorado’s official Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, and Gunny Jeff Norman, right, celebrate the western legend’s 169th birthday at the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave in Golden, Colorado March 1, 2015. The birthday celebration included a cake, ice cream, buffalo chip throwing contest and other Buffalo Bill re-enactors. The party also marks the opening of “Harmonius Living: Diversity in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” a new exhibit offering posters, photos and items form the late 1800’s including relics from sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West was a place where many diverse peoples mingled including Russian peasant dancers, Venetian glass blowers, Japanese acrobats, whirling dervishes and aboriginal boomerang throwers. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post) @helenhrichardson #buffalobill #buffalobillcody #annieoakley #reenactor #wildwest #birthday #cake #birthdaycake #goldenco #lookoutmountain #coloradohistory

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The Frying Pan Kilns. These kilns were built for the creation of charcoal to fuel the silver refining ovens in Aspen in 1881. They were in continual use for 20 years being fed by the vast piñon pine forest in the surrounding valleys and mountains. They ceased operations around 1903 and for another six decades were used by local ranchers for cattle or hay storage. They were cleaned and saved and added to the Colorado Historic Registry in 1984.

Photos by James Blatter