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.

William E. Walton history of Bates Co., Missouri

Tuesday, June 07, 2011
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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

'Glimpse into Yampa Valley's Past' - Pioneer Winter 1889-90 by David Moran

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Listen to David Moran describe the difficult conditions experienced by Yampa Valley pioneers during the winter of 1889-90. It was during 1889 that Perry Burgess and F.E. Milner opened Milner & Company Bank, the first bank in Northwest Colorado. 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

1860 Pioneer Medicine Book: Family Remedies

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Following the death of his father Abram during the Mormon Exodus, Perry's mother remarried Dr. Ben White, a gold rush pioneer who briefly owned property in early Steamboat Springs. He was not only the brother-in-law of Lewis and Dr. Levi Cheney, but was also their neighbor across multiple states. Ben joined both men during the California gold rush, and as pioneer doctors, Ben and Levi practiced Indian and patent medicine. They spent years living as neighbors in California, Illinois and Missouri.
One of Perry's first stops in 1866 as he began his "Journey to the Land of Gold" was that of his Uncle Levi's home. We know from Perry's Bozeman Trail diary that during his brief visit, Perry played his fiddle, and the children enjoyed dancing. Perhaps they also discussed various trail tips and pioneer medicine before Perry and his Cheney uncles joined the frenzy considered The Montana Gold Rush. Read More

William E. Walton: Walton Creek & the History of Steamboat Springs CO

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Imagine trekking through thick deciduous forests, through mountains ranges up to 10,500 feet above sea level, on horseback. Long before stage or train service, even before clear-cut paths existed and in temperatures better suited to fur-covered animals than to humans. You've been riding for days. You're hungry, tired, possibly wet, probably foul-smelling. Your weary eyes struggle to stay open, and then, you see it. There in front of you, as far as the eye can see, is the pristine Yampa Valley and it's natural wonders. Read More

The Return of Burgess Creek, Steamboat Springs, CO

Saturday, November 06, 2010

As is true in the settling of any area, having a source of water nearby is key to survival. For Perry Burgess and other early settlers of Steamboat Springs, water was never in short supply. But the lazy creek—Perry's namesake—today runs through the heart of the ski and mountain base, remaining a source of pride for Steamboat residents. Read More

Who Was Andrew J. Macky?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It would be easier to say who Andrew Joseph Macky wasn't. He wasn't a slacker. He wasn't a miser. And he wasn't a simpleton. A native of New York, A.J. Macky was a self-made man whose fortune was earned through hard work and keen business acumen. Macky could see the future in places others weren't even looking, and he created opportunity everywhere he went. Macky was born in 1834 and journeyed by ox team to Colorado in 1859. Read More

'Glimpse into Yampa Valley's Past' - Perry A. Burgess by David Moran

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

'Glimpse into Yampa Valley's Past' - Perry Burgess ghost writer narrated by David Moran of Oak Creek, Colorado. David will be providing future voice overs regarding the Burgess story. Read More