Colorado Vanguards: Historic Trailblazers and Their Local Legacies

Colorado Vanguards: Historic Trailblazers and Their Local Legacies

by Phyllis J. Perry


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Colorado history is filled with maverick men and women who shaped the state's identity and culture. Trailblazers Zebulon Pike and Stephen Long laid groundwork for the miners, farmers and statesmen who helped the area evolve into a territory and a state. Father of Rocky Mountain National Park Enos Mills and writer Isabella Bird praised the surrounding natural splendor and championed its preservation. Entrepreneurs Otto Mears and William Jackson Palmer linked mines with towns such as Colorado Springs and Telluride, while the innovations of F.O. Stanley and Nikola Tesla energized the state. Author Phyllis J. Perry chronicles the lives of thirty men and women who left their indelible marks on Colorado.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467119375
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/16/2015
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,171,265
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Phyllis Perry held a number of positions in the Boulder Valley Schools, including teacher, principal and director of talented and gifted education. An award-winning author of more than eighty books, she has published seven books about Colorado, including two about Rocky Mountain National Park. She is a member of the Colorado Authors' League and of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. You can learn more about her and her books by visiting her website at

Table of Contents

Foreword Suzanne Barchers 9

Introduction 11

Zebulon Pike 1779 1813 (Pikes Peak) 13

Stephen Long 1784-1864 (Longs Peak) 23

James Pierson Beckwourth 1798-1866 (Pueblo) 33

The Bents (Bent's Fort) 39

Charles Bent 1799-1847

William Bent 1809-1869

Chief Black Kettle 1801-1868 (Sand Creek) 47

Jim Bridger 1804-1881 (Gore Range, Berthoud Pass) 53

Kit Carson 1809-1868 (Colorado Territory) 63

Richens Lacy "Uncle Dick" Wootton 1816-1893 (Raton Pass) 71

John H. Gregory 1820-circa 1864 and George A. Jackson 1836-1897 (Clear Creek Canyon) 81

Chief Niwot (Left Hand) 1823 - 1864 (Boulder Count, Sand Creek) 89

John Long Routt 1826-1907 (Denver) 99

James "Rocky Mountain Jim" Nugent 1828?-1874 and Lady Isabella Bird 1831 -1904 (Muggins Gulch and Longs Peak) 109

Helen Hunt Jackson 1830 1885 (Colorado Springs) 117

The Tabors (Leadville and Denver) 125

Horace Tabor 1830-1899

Augusta Tabor 1833-1895

Elizabeth McGourt (Baby Doe) Tabor 1854-1935

Chief Ouray 1833-1880 and Chipeta 1843-1924 (Los Pinos Indian Agency) 137

William Jackson Palmer 1836-1909 (Colorado Springs) 145

David H. Moffat 1839-1911 (Moffat Road) 153

Casimiro Barela 1847-1920 (Trinidad) 163

Adolph Coors 1847-1929 (Golden) 169

Otto Mears 1840- 1931 (Poncha Pass) 177

F.O. Stanley 1849-1940 (Stanley Hotel, Estes Park) 185

Nikola Tesla 1856-1943 (Telluride, Colorado Springs) 191

Florence Sabin 1871 1953 (Central City, Denver) 201

Enos Mills 1870-1922 (Rocky Mountain National Park) 211

Bibliography 219

Index 229

About the Author 235

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