Welcome to the companion history blog for the book, Beyond the Land of Gold: The Life & Times of Perry A. Burgess. The blog will include interesting facts and images relating to the Burgess story and publishing news. Perry's path in life crossed some of the most interesting characters of the American West. The Burgess family were pioneers of Missouri, Colorado, Utah and Montana, and played major roles in the early development of communities like Boulder and Steamboat Springs. Through a series of blog posts, we will profile several of Perry's early business partners found in his diaries and other writings. Look for the series Glimpses into Yampa Valley's Past by Routt County historian/story teller David Moran. CLICK on headings or 'more' to expand each entry.
Boulder, Colorado, is one of the most beautiful cities in America today. It has been rated the nation's Best Town for Startups by BusinessWeek (2010); fourth-best city to live in for the next decade by Kiplinger (2010); America's Foodiest Town by Bon Appetit (2010); Healthiest, Happiest City in the U.S. by a 2010 Gallup Poll; Most Educated City by Portfolio.com (2010)…the list goes on and on. Read More
Following the death of his father Abram during the Mormon Exodus, Perry's mother remarried Dr. Ben White, a gold rush pioneer who briefly owned property in early Steamboat Springs. He was not only the brother-in-law of Lewis and Dr. Levi Cheney, but was also their neighbor across multiple states. Ben joined both men during the California gold rush, and as pioneer doctors, Ben and Levi practiced Indian and patent medicine. They spent years living as neighbors in California, Illinois and Missouri.
One of Perry's first stops in 1866 as he began his "Journey to the Land of Gold" was that of his Uncle Levi's home. We know from Perry's Bozeman Trail diary that during his brief visit, Perry played his fiddle, and the children enjoyed dancing. Perhaps they also discussed various trail tips and pioneer medicine before Perry and his Cheney uncles joined the frenzy considered The Montana Gold Rush. Read More
This post will elaborate on the life of Louisa Chase Cheney Buckingham, to whom I have honored in the dedication of Beyond the Land of Gold; The Life & Times of Perry A. Burgess. She was the wife of Charles Cheney, the first cousin of Perry. As the eldest son of Lewis Cheney, Charles held major interests in both early Boulder as well as the Steamboat Springs Town Company. We will also write a subsequent post regarding Perry's beloved 'Cousin Charlie' and his impact on early Colorado. Read More
James E. McClure was a major deterrent to would be robbers of the Burgess/Cheney banks. Few attempted to rob him. I found only one attempt during the research of the book; in Colorado two armed men approached James after business hours, foolishly demanding his money. Without any assistance he promptly disarmed both men and proceeded to deposit them in the local jail. Read More
Imagine trekking through thick deciduous forests, through mountains ranges up to 10,500 feet above sea level, on horseback. Long before stage or train service, even before clear-cut paths existed and in temperatures better suited to fur-covered animals than to humans. You've been riding for days. You're hungry, tired, possibly wet, probably foul-smelling. Your weary eyes struggle to stay open, and then, you see it. There in front of you, as far as the eye can see, is the pristine Yampa Valley and it's natural wonders. Read More
It would be easier to say who Andrew Joseph Macky wasn't. He wasn't a slacker. He wasn't a miser. And he wasn't a simpleton. A native of New York, A.J. Macky was a self-made man whose fortune was earned through hard work and keen business acumen. Macky could see the future in places others weren't even looking, and he created opportunity everywhere he went. Macky was born in 1834 and journeyed by ox team to Colorado in 1859. Read More