Roadside history of Colorado by James McTighe

By James McTighe

Considering Colorado’s roads so usually lack historic markers, so much motorists stay blind to the wealthy ancient institutions of each a part of the nation. With this amiable significant other, the visitor will locate that even the bleakest stretch of interstate has its targeted and colourful prior. each journey, even if for enterprise or excitement, should be an innovative trip into the prior of the gold rush, the Indian wars, the explorers, the mountain males, pioneers, and cattlemen. historical past from the road is a special idea, making to be had a lot of the previous that will rather be inaccessible with no tedious examine and map paintings. anyplace the vacationer occurs to be, she or he may be capable of finding what ancient occasion happened in that region with no need to depend on indicators and markers, that are infrequent. Keyed to cities and mile markers, the ebook contains each interstate, street and significant street within the country.

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The Cheyennes, Arapahoes, and Kiowas of Colorado were no exception. The Colorado high plains became dotted with battle sites like Sand Creek, Beecher's Island on the Arickaree River, Julesburg and Summit Springs. When eastern guns were stilled at Appomattox, negotiations followed in the West to bury the hatchet. Peace in both quarters released pressures to push railroad lines from mid-continent all the way over the Rockies and the coast ranges to the Pacific. These pressures had been building since Col.

I have rechecked the material repeatedly to weed them out, as have my editors and advisers. In any case, because the research is mine, the narrative Page 3 is mine, and the selection of sources is mine, so also are the errors. In format the narrative follows stretches of highway. It begins at one end and follows to an ofttimes arbitrary terminal, recounting the stories of the sites in the order in which they are passed. I have tried to fashion a degree of coherence in the telling of these stories for ease of reading, even though years may separate the events being dealt with.

Hill, chief naturalist at the Curecanti National Recreation Area; and Robert C. Reyes, superintendent of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Page vi I would like to acknowledge the help of the late Robert G. Athearn, from whose many fine published works I drew much information and insight, and upon whose precious time I unwittingly presumed in searching out some obscure detail when he was in his final weeks at the University of Colorado's history department. Let the record show that he was most gracious in aiding an utter stranger.

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