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.

The Crawfords of Steamboat: Lulita Crawford Pritchett

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The name James Crawford is synonymous with Steamboat Springs, but his granddaughter, Lulita Crawford Pritchett was a force to be reckoned with in her own right. Like Perry A. Burgess, diarist of Beyond the Land of Gold , Lulita grew up hearing pioneer stories of unparalleled adventure. Storytelling ran through her veins like lifeblood, and we are all the richer for it. Read More

Pioneer Lodging in Steamboat Springs Colorado

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Long before the elegance found throughout Steamboat Springs today - before the existence of the Steamboat Grand Hotel, Sheraton or One Steamboat Place - lodging was a rugged endeavor reserved for the most avid outdoorsmen. Access was difficult when visiting the Yampa Valley and accommodations were simple cabins at first. Read More

'Glimpse into Yampa Valley's Past' - Pickle Jars of Water by David Moran

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Listen to a brief history of William E. Walton and Perry A. Burgess' exploration of Steamboat Springs by historian David Moran. Often mistakenly referred to as William H. Walton by historians, he was actually William E. (Edward) Walton born August 31, 1842 in Cooper County, Missouri. Anyone who has traveled to Steamboat Springs for a ski vacation has noticed the names of Walton and Burgess on numerous street signs, creeks and landmarks. The Walton family history runs deep in American history. William is the great uncle of mega retailer Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. Furthermore, William's mother's family the Turleys helped raise the young Kit Carson in Boone's Lick Missouri and were closely associated with the pioneer throughout his life. In fact Walton's great uncle Jesse B.Turley and DeWitt Peters were chosen by Carson to write and publish his first autobiography. Read More