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.

James E. McClure: Pioneer Banker of Montrose, Canon City & Gunnison CO

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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