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.

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.

When Steamboat was nothing more than a handful of cabins, a few wealthy Boulder businessmen shared founder James H. Crawford's dream of developing the springs into a world class health resort. They enjoyed spending long summer months with family and friends as they 'rusticated' in the area. According to Perry's Steamboat diaries, hunting, fishing and long baths in the springs were favorite group activate. His diaries were some of the earliest and most complete record's of daily pioneer life in Steamboat Springs.

"Little Cabin"
One of the first two cabins built in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Loaned to Perry A. Burgess and family in 1881.

Early Resident of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

First store and hotel in Steamboat Springs.
Operated by Francis E.  Milner, business partner of Perry Burgess.
Milner was a nephew of Steamboat Springs Town Co.shareholder Lewis Cheney.
DPL Western History & Genealogy Photo Collection.

Following the turn of the century, passenger train service finally reached Steamboat Springs. Thru the efforts of several enterprising citizens, in 1909 the famous Cabin Hotel was constructed beside the Yampa River in expectations of a new wave of tourists. Francis E. Milner, best known as "F.E. Milner" boosted of spending over $100,000 on the Cabin Hotel and it's 100 rooms. Nightly room rates ranged from $1.00 - $2.50, however there was only a single bathroom. In 1939 the establishment was destroyed by fire- a well known event in Steamboat history. And thus the end of an era had come. The old Cabin Hotel was located on the current site of the Bud Werner Memorial Library in downtown Steamboat Springs.

F.E. Milner's Cabin Hotel.
DPL Western History & Genealogy Photo Collection.

Steamboat Cabin Hotel Dinning Room
DPL Western History & Genealogy Photo Collection.

F.E. Milner's Steamboat Cabin Lobby
DPL Western History & Genealogy Photo Collection.

Fish Creek Falls
Made famous when pictured on the early Coor's beer can.

- Travis Thompson

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