Bibliography of Colorado

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This is a bibliography of the U.S. State of Colorado .


General history

Agriculture and livestock

Colorado State Grange. Colorado State Grange History: 1874–1975. Westminster, CO: North Suburban Printing & Publishing Incorporated, 1975.

Dobie, Frank J. Cow People. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1964.

Easterly, Lewis H. The Agricultural and livestock Interest of Gunnison County. Gunnison City, Colorado: 1916.

Frink, Maurice. When Grass was King. Denver: University of Colorado Press, 1956.

Goff, Richard. Century in the Saddle. Denver: Colorado Cattlemen's Centennial Commission, 1967.

Goff, Richard, Robert McCaffree, and Doris Sterbenz. Centennial Brand Book. Denver: Colorado Cattlemen’s Centennial Commission, Denver, Colorado, 1967.

Goff, Richard, Robert McCaffree. Century in the Saddle. Boulder: Johnson Publishing Company, 1967.

Hall, Frank Louis. "Structural Changes in Colorado’s Agriculture". Fort Collins, Colorado: Colorado State University, 1971.

Marriott, Alice. Hell on Horses and Women. Norman and London: University of Oklahoma Press, 1953.

McCann, Roud. Colorado’s Agriculture. Fort Collins, Colorado: Colorado Agricultural College, Extension Service, 1925.

Meyers, Sandra L. Westering Women. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1982.

Mumey, Nolie, ed. The Westerners Brand Book.

First Forest Ranger – Len Shoemaker. Denver: Denver Possee, V0l. VII, 1951.

Osgood, Ernest. The Day of the Cattleman. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1929.

Peake, Ora Brooks. The Colorado Range Cattle Industry. Glendale, California: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1937.

Sammons, Judy Buffington. Tall Grass and Good Cattle: A Century of Ranching in the Gunnison Country. 3rd Ed. Gunnison: Dove Graphics, Western State College Foundation, Inc.

Shores, C. W. Memoirs of a Law Man. Ed. Wilson Rockwell. Denver: Saga Books, 1962.

Shores, C. W. The Cooperative Century. Boulder: Johnson Publishing Company, 1967. The Colorado Cattlemen’s Centennial Commission.

Smith, P. David, and Lyn Bezek. On the Backs of Burros: Bringing Civilization to Colorado. Lake City, CO: Western Reflections Publishing Company, 2010.

Steinel, Alvin Theodore. History of Agriculture in Colorado. Fort Collins, Colorado: The State Agricultural College, 1926.

Wallace, Betty. Gunnison Country. Denver: Sage Books, 1960.

Wallace, Betty. History with the Hide Off. Denver: Sage Books, 1964.

Wolfenstine, Manfred R. The Manual of Brands and Marks. Ed. Ramon F. Adams. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1970.

Journals, associations and organizations

Federal documents


Dallas, Sandra. No More Than Five in a Bed: Colorado Hotels in the Old Days. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1967.

Jackson, Olga. Architecture/Colorado. Denver, Colorado: American Institute of Architects, Colorado Chapter, 1966.

Noel, Thomas Jacob. Buildings of Colorado. New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.


Rockwell, Noraetta, The Early History of Gunnison County, Colorado Schools. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, WSC, 1953.

Forest Service

Shoemaker, Len. Saga of a Forest Ranger. Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 1958.


Bueler, William M. Roof of the Rockies: A History of Mountaineering in Colorado. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing Company, 1974.

Chronic, John. Prairie, Peak, and Plateau : A Guide to the Geology of Colorado. Denver, Colorado: Colorado Geological Survey, 1972.

Weimer, Robert J. and Haun. John D. ed. Guide to the Geology of Colorado. Denver, Colorado: Geological Society of America, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists & Colorado Scientific Society, 1960.


Lamm, Richard D. Pioneers & Politicians: 10 Colorado Governors in Profile. Boulder, Co.: Pruett Publishing Company, 1984.

Lindbloom, Harold Seth. Colorado Citizen. Denver, Colorado: Old West Publishing Company, 1966.

Martin, Curtis. Colorado Government and Politics. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Press, 1964.

Waton, Rodger Alan. Colorado: A Practical Guide to its Government and Politics. Fort Collins, Colorado: Shields Publishing Company, 1973.


Brandes, T. Donald. Military Posts of Colorado. Fort Collins, Colorado: Old Army Press, 1973.

Nankivell, John H. History of the Military Organizations of the State of Colorado: 1860 – 1935. Denver, Colorado: W. H. Kistler Stationery Company, 1935.

Mining and industry

Able, Mary Prentiss. Mines and Mills of Colorado. Denver, Colorado: The Author, 1976.

Dempsey, Stanley, and James E. Fell, Jr. Mining the Summit: Colorado's Ten Mile District, 1860-1960. University of Oklahoma Press, 1986.

Dorset, Phyllis. The New Eldorado: The Story of Colorado’s Gold and Silver Rushes. New York: Macmillan, 1970.

Henderson, Charles William. Mining in Colorado; A History of Discovery, Development and Production. Washington D. C., Government Printing Office, 1926.

Hollister, Ovando James. The Mines of Colorado. New York, Arno Press, [c1867]1973.

King, Joseph E. A Mine to Make a Mine: Financing the Colorado Mining Industry, 1859-1902. Texas A&M University Press, 1977.

Nelson, A. P. Gunnison County, Colorado. Pitkin, Colorado: A. P. Nelson Mining, 1916. P. 47.

Nossaman, Allen. Many More Mountains: An Illustrated History of the Earliest Exploration in the High San Juans of Southwestern Colorado and the Settlement and Founding of Silverton, Colorado. Denver, Colo.: Sundance Publications, 1989.

Smith, Duane A. Colorado Mining: A Photographic History. Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 1977.

Smith, Duane A. The Trail of Gold and Silver: Mining in Colorado, 1859-2009. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2009.

Southworth, Dave. Colorado Mining Camps. Round Rock, Texas: Wild Horse Publishing, 1997.

Wolle, Muriel Sibell. Stampede to Timberline: The Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Colorado. Chicago, Illinois: Swallow Press, 1974.

Native Americans

Coel, Margaret. Chief Left Hand: Southern Arapaho. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1981.

Hafen, Le Roy Reuben. The Indians of Colorado. Denver, Colorado: State Historical Society of Colorado, 1952.

Hughes, Johnson Donald. American Indians in Colorado. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing Company, 1977.

Marsh, Charles S. The Utes of Colorado – People of the Shining Mountains. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing Company, 1982. ISBN   978-0-87108-620-4 (pbk).

Marsh, Charles Seabrooke. People of the Shining Mountains: The Utes of Colorado. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing Company, 1982.

Parkhill, Forbes. The Blazed Trail of Antoine Leroux. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1965.

Smead, Cophine. Relations with the Plains Indians of Colorado, 1859 – 1869. Denver, Colorado: University of Colorado, 1947.

Young, Richard Keith. The Ute Indians of Colorado in the Twentieth Century. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press. 1997.

Magazine Articles

Jackson, William H. "A Visit to the Los Pinos Indian Reservation." The Colorado Magazine, XV, Nov. 1938, pp. 201 – 209.

Borland, Lois. "Ho For the Reservation: Settlement of the Western Slope." The Colorado Magazine, XXIX, Jan. 1952, pp. 56 – 75.

Vader, Diane. "Mr. Outcalt and the Indians." Gunnison Country Magazine, Gunnison: B & B Printers, 1976.


Beebe, Lucius Morris. Narrow Gauge in the Rockies. Berkeley, California: Howell-North, 1958.

Dines, Glen. Overland Stage: The Story of the Famous Overland Stagecoaches of the 1860s. New York: MacMillan, 1961.

Everett, George G. The Cavalcade of Railroads in Central Colorado. Denver: Golden Bell Press, 1966.

Feitz, Leland. Colorado Trolleys. Golden, Colorado: Bell Press, 1971.

Jessen, Kenneth. Railroads of Northern Colorado. Boulder, CO: Pruett Pub. Co., 1982.

LeMassena, Robert A. Colorado’s Mountain Railroads. Golden, Colorado: Smoking Stack Press, 1963 – 1968.

Ormes, Robert M. Railroads and the Rockies: A Record of Lines In and Near Colorado. Denver, Colorado: Sage Books, 1963.

Smith, P. David, and Lyn Bezek. On the Backs of Burros: Bringing Civilization to Colorado. Lake City, CO: Western Reflections Publishing Company, 2010.

Stocking, Hobart E. The Road to Santa Fe. New York: Hastings House, 1971.

Walker, Henry Pickering. The Rise and Decline of High Plains Wagon Freighting, 1822–1880. Boulder, Colorado: University of Colorado, 1965.

Wiatrowski, Claude A. Railroads of Colorado: Your Guide to Colorado's Historic Trains and Railway Sites. Stillwater, MN: Voyager Press, 2002.

See also

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Eldora, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

Eldora, previously known as "Eldorado" then "El-Dora", then Eldora or Camp Eldorado, and still called Happy Valley, is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the Eldora CDP was 142 at the United States Census 2010. The Nederland post office serves the area.

History of Colorado Aspect of history

The human history of Colorado extends back more than 14,000 years. The region that is today the state of Colorado was first inhabited by Native American people. The Lindenmeier Site in Larimer County, Colorado, is a Folsom culture archaeological site with artifacts dating from approximately 8710 BC.

Colorado Western Slope

The Western Slope is the part of the state of Colorado west of the Continental Divide. Bodies of water west of the Divide flow toward the Pacific Ocean. Water that falls and flows east of the Divide heads east. The Western Slope encompasses about 33% of the state, but has just 10% of the state's residents. The eastern part of the state, including the San Luis Valley and the Front Range, is the more populous portion of the state.

Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad

The Denver, South Park, and Pacific Railroad was a historic 3 ft narrow gauge railroad that operated in Colorado in the western United States in the late 19th century. The railroad opened up the first rail routes to a large section of the central Colorado mining district in the decades of the mineral boom. The railroad took its name from the fact that its main line from Denver ascended the Platte Canyon and traversed South Park. Founded in 1872 by Colorado Governor John Evans, the company was purchased by the Union Pacific Railway in 1880, though it continued to be operated independently. The line went bankrupt in 1889 and was reorganized under the new moniker the Denver, Leadville and Gunnison Railway. When the Union Pacific went bankrupt in 1893, the DL&G lines went into receivership and were eventually sold to the Colorado and Southern Railway. In the first half of the 20th century, nearly all the company's original lines were dismantled or converted into 4 ft 8+12 instandard gauge. The last train to run the old DSP&P tracks was from Como, Colorado on April 11, 1937. A section of the standard gauge line between Leadville and Climax is still operated as a passenger excursion railroad called the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad. At its peak the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad had 335 miles (539 km) of narrow gauge line, making it the largest narrow gauge railroad in the state of Colorado.

Colorado Territory in the American Civil War

The Colorado Territory was formally created in 1861 shortly before the bombardment of Fort Sumter sparked the American Civil War. Although sentiments were somewhat divided in the early days of the war, Colorado was only marginally a pro-Union territory. Colorado was strategically important to both the Union and Confederacy because of the gold and silver mines there as both sides wanted to use the mineral wealth to help finance the war. The New Mexico Campaign was a military operation conducted by Confederate Brigadier General Henry Sibley to gain control of the Southwest, including the gold fields of Colorado, the mineral-rich territory of Nevada and the ports of California. The campaign was intended as a prelude to an invasion of the Colorado Territory and an attempt to cut the supply lines between California and the rest of the Union. However, the Confederates were defeated at the Battle of Glorieta Pass in New Mexico and were forced to retreat back to Texas, effectively ending the New Mexico Campaign.

Fort Vasquez United States historic place

Fort Vasquez is a former fur trading post 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Denver, Colorado, United States, founded by Louis Vasquez and Andrew Sublette in 1835. Restored by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, it now lies in a rather incongruous position as U.S. Route 85 splits to run either side of the building. History Colorado took possession of the property in 1958 and runs it as a museum to display exhibits of the fur-trade era.

Fort Saint Vrain Trading post and fort in Colorado, United States

Fort Saint Vrain was an 1837 fur trading post built by the Bent, St. Vrain Company, and located at the confluence of Saint Vrain Creek and the South Platte River, about 20 miles (32 km) east of the Rocky Mountains in the unorganized territory of the United States, in present-day Weld County, Colorado. A historical marker notes the place where Old Fort St. Vrain once stood, today at the end of Weld County Road 40, located about seven miles north of Fort Vasquez, Colorado. Among those who helped to establish the fort was Ceran St. Vrain, after whom it was named.

Daniel I. J. Thornton

Daniel Isaac J. "Dan" Thornton was an American Republican politician who served as the 33rd Governor of the state of Colorado from 1951 to 1955.

Walter Walford Johnson

Walter Walford Johnson was a American businessman and Democratic politician who served as the 32nd Governor of the State of Colorado from 1950 to 1951. He was the first governor to have been born in the 20th century.

Uranium mining in Colorado

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Thomas Jacob Noel, often introduced in media interviews as Dr. Colorado, is an American historian specializing in the history of the Rocky Mountain West, and especially of the state of Colorado. He is a Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he teaches classes in the history of the American West, Colorado, Denver, historic preservation, mining and railroads, national parks, and Western art and architecture. He is the co-author or author of more than fifty books, numerous articles, and newspaper columns. He is the Director of the Center for Colorado Studies at the Denver Public Library. The Center provides many resources for students including Colorado books, book reviews, short-documentaries, as well as Native American, Hispanic, and other resource guides.

The Rocky Mountain Fuel Company was a coal mining company located in Colorado, operating mines in Louisville, Lafayette, and other locations northwest of Denver. The company also operated mines in Las Animas, Routt, Garfield and Gunnison counties. During the 1930s, the company was the second-largest producer of coal by volume in the state of Colorado. However, the company was severely impacted by the Great Depression, declining productivity of local coal deposits, and the increased popularity of natural gas, and went bankrupt in 1944.

Bear Creek Canyon Scenic Mountain Drive United States historic place

Bear Creek Canyon Drive, a linear district, includes two miles of scenic road, which is now part of State Highway 74. The drive is between the town of Morrison and the town of Idledale. The scenic drive connects to the west border of the Red Rocks Mountain Park District. The Denver Mountain Parks owns a 200 feet (61 m) strip of canyon on both sides of Bear Creek. The park was purchased in 1928, and the road ran along the stream and was subject to flooding. During the 1930s and early 1940s the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) moved parts of the road away from the stream and raised it above the flood plain. The road is maintained by the Colorado State Highway Department. It was constructed and first maintained by the State Department of Highways, Jefferson County, and the City of Denver Mountain Parks. The first section of the road had been a narrow stagecoach route and needed to be graded not to exceed grades more than six percent. Road improve began in 1914, with the construction of a road from Denver to Morrison. The entire route was completed by 1921.

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Ohio Pass High mountain pass in Colorado, US

Ohio Pass is a mountain pass in Gunnison County, Colorado, located one mile southeast of Kebler Pass. Gunnison County Road 730 traverses the pass, which is a gap between Mount Axtell and Ohio Peak in the Anthracite Range, part of the West Elk Mountains. The pass divides the waters of Ruby Anthracite Creek to the north and Ohio Creek to the south.

Cumberland Pass High mountain pass in Colorado, US

Cumberland Pass is a high mountain pass in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It is located in Gunnison County and in the Gunnison National Forest. The pass divides the watersheds of West Willow Creek to the north and Quartz Creek to the south.

Blue Mesa Summit Mountain pass in Colorado, US

Blue Mesa Summit is a mountain pass in Gunnison County of west-central Colorado. The pass is traversed by U.S. Route 50 and divides the watersheds of Little Cimarron River to the west and Blue Creek to the east.

Tomichi Pass High mountain pass in Colorado, US

Tomichi Pass is a high mountain pass in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It is located in Gunnison County and in the Gunnison National Forest. The pass divides the watersheds of Middle Quartz Creek to the north and Tomichi Creek to the south.

Napoleon Pass High mountain pass in Colorado, US

Napoleon Pass is a high mountain pass in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It is located in Gunnison County and in the Gunnison National Forest. The pass is the saddle between Napoleon Mountain to the west and Fitzpatrick Peak to the east and divides the watersheds of Middle Willow Creek to the north and Quartz Creek to the south. Napoleon Pass is traversed by Forest Trail 540 and can be accessed from the towns of Tincup to the north and Pitkin to the south.