Historical Atlas of Colorado by Thomas J. Noel, Paul F. Mahoney, Richard E. Stevens

By Thomas J. Noel, Paul F. Mahoney, Richard E. Stevens

This detailed historic atlas might help you to realize quick Colorado’s geography and its interesting past—from the prehistoric Indian cultures to the trendy metropolises, from the Spanish and French explorers to the fashionable ski hotels. The full-page, basically drawn maps and the full of life textual content offer quick access to the fundamental information regarding the top State.Colorado’s historical past has been performed out on a astonishing panorama. the top mountains of the continental divide reduce the kingdom in part with a two-mile-high barrier. This rocky trouble lengthy served as a tribal and foreign boundary and as an obstacle to exploration and cost. All that modified in 1858 whilst gold used to be chanced on at the South Platte River. inside years, 100,000 humans rushed to Colorado, the house of quick towns and speedy millionaires. quick, the country advanced from a such a lot rugged and distant frontier right into a booming mining and agricultural center.Compiled by means of 3 prime professionals on Colorado historical past and geography, this atlas is designed for either scholars and travelers. students will cash in on the maps of little-known phenomena reminiscent of the earliest county traces and the explorers’ routes. Weekend travelers will discovered to persist with previous trails, stagecoach strains, and narrow-gauge railroads to ghost cities, historical districts, literary landmarks, old fashioned bed-and-breakfasts, and different attractions.For effortless use, the atlas is definitely equipped into sections on geography, political obstacles, mining, transportation, payment and urbanization, and leisure and old components. The vast references for every of the sixty maps are a gold mine of specific and esoteric literature. No Colorado tourist, even if in an armchair or climbing again kingdom, can be with out the ancient Atlas of Colorado.

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In the following year Pedro de Villasur set out from Santa Fe with forty-five Spanish soldiers and about sixty Indian allies. Pushing beyond El Quartelejo into unknown territory, Villasur's party explored the South Platte, which he named the Rio Jesus y Maria. They camped near the junction of the North and South Platte rivers, where Pawnees, encouraged by the French, surprised the camp at dawn, killing Villasur and all but thirteen of his party. In 1739 the brothers Paul and Pierre Mallet led the first recorded French expedition into Colorado.

E. G. Beckwith, the artist and topographer Richard H. Kern, and the expedition surgeon and geologist, Dr. James Schliel, survived to produce reports, illustrations, and the first good map of central Colorado. Their reports discouraged a Colorado rail route, not so much because of the mountains, but because of the broken terrain beyond them, including the spectacular Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The Pike, Long, Frémont, and Gunnison expeditions, among others, produced detailed reports filled with maps, paintings, drawings, and encyclopedic treatments of not only the land but also its history and natural history, its flora and fauna, and its Native Americans.

Page 5 Climate Copyright 1994 University of Oklahoma Press 5 Climate ''If you don't like the weather, wait awhile. " Many a state makes this claim, but Colorado's climate is particularly mercurial, with temperature and precipitation fluctuating wildly around a meaningless mean. Colorado's weather is not moderated by any large body of water. The thin, dry air and intense solar radiation allow drastic temperature fluctuations, generally varying at least twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit within any twenty-four-hour period.

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