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.

Pearl Street: Boulder Colorado's Heart

Sunday, January 16, 2011

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 (2010)…the list goes on and on. Read More

Louisa Chase Cheney Buckingham; Contributions to Colorado History

Thursday, December 16, 2010

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 and Martha Maxwell, Pioneers Extraordinaire

Friday, December 10, 2010

Those who know their Colorado—Boulder, in particular— history are familiar with James P. Maxwell. Here was a pioneer who didn't know the meaning of the word "can't," and the state was all the better for his can-do attitude.  James Maxwell was many things: rancher, banker, statesman, engineer, miner. He moved to Boulder in 1863 after investing in the mining industry, and with Captain Clinton Tyler, built a sawmill along Boulder Creek. The toll road up through Boulder Canyon was developed thanks to Maxwell, and it was he who surveyed the town's first municipal water system. Read More