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.

Early History of the Steamboat Pilot (& Today) Newspaper

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Steamboat Pilot: From Dream to Reality

According to his diaries, Perry Burgess longed to be a published writer. Although the popular and literary magazines of his day weren't interested in his work, he found an outlet in his local newspaper, the Steamboat Pilot .  Entrepreneur James Hoyle—friend of both Perry Burgess and his uncle, Lewis Cheney—due to health reasons wanted to relocate from Boulder to Steamboat Springs. He was intrigued by the idea of setting up shop in the new town called Steamboat Springs, and when he learned that the town was financially backed by prominent Boulder businessmen Andrew J. Macky and James Maxwell, he made the decision to do just that. Steamboat founder James H. Crawford was instrumental in attracting early businessmen like Hoyle. Read More

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

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

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

Colorado Book Signing Trip w/Photographs

Monday, November 15, 2010

I thought you might be interested in a few of the photographs from our signings in Colorado the last week of October. A great crowd attended, we enjoyed ourselves and getting to meet everyone! To our surprise we met the last owner of Perry's Steamboat cabin, who vividly recalled her time living there. There was one interesting observation she spoke of. On a cold night, if you slept upstairs and filled a glass of water and placed on the night stand before bedtime, the water would be frozen and the glass broken in the morning. What difficult conditions these pioneers experienced.....actually she lived there in the 1980s and installed floor vents upon discovering this!  :) 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