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 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

Alfred E. Lea: Steamboat Springs Town Co. Shareholder

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rebecca and I will be posting a series of interesting blog entries over the coming weeks. We will be profiling the shareholders of the Steamboat Springs Town Company, an early group of investors from Boulder, Colorado. Beginning this week, we will take a closer look at Alfred E. Lea, one of the most interesting and least known members of the group. His entry will read more like a 'believe it or not' story. Read More