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"A comprehensive, chronological, architectural perspective of Boulder, including photography worthy of inclusion in university history classes. . . . the softbound book presents a meaningful overview of how Boulder has grown. . . . Boulder: Evolution of a City is as gripping a page—turner as anything you'll find on the mystery shelves. For leisure readers or for history buffs, Pettem's work is genuine, relevant and absorbing."— Boulder Daily Camera

"[Boulder] is a delight. It provides a welcome experience in nostalgia for old—time Boulderites and is a fascinating introduction to the city for newcomers."— Jane Valentine Barker, author, Boulder, Colorado

"Photographer and historian Silvia Pettem's book, Boulder: Evolution of a City, offers an interesting look at Boulder as it was in its early days, how it's changed over the years, and how it hasn't. . . . Each photograph, whether it be old or new, is accompanied by thoughtful and detailed descriptions that provide context to the images."— Five Magazine

"The heart of this book is the numerous pages of historic photographs presented next to contemporary shots of the same site. Pettem has scoured the photo archives for pertinent images, sometimes providing several successive pictures of a single site."— Janet Ore, Colorado State University; New Mexico Historical Review

Boulder: Evolution of a City has captivated newcomers, tourists, and longtime residents for years with its dramatic visual and narrative presentation of the birth and development of Boulder. In this updated edition, 322 photographs — more than 90 of them current — capture landmarks, buildings, major events, and quiet moments from the 1860s to 2006. Photographs showing the same locations at several intervals in history reveal Boulder's continuum from past to present.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiii
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  1. 1: Early Boulder Photographers
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 2: Downtown Business District: The Pearl Street Mall
  2. pp. 7-46
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  1. 3: South-Central Boulder: Floods, Minorities, and the Railroads
  2. pp. 47-71
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  1. 4: North-Central Boulder: Culture and Religion
  2. pp. 73-99
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  1. 5: West-Central Boulder: At the Foot of the Mountains
  2. pp. 101-120
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  1. 6: East-Central Boulder: The Working Man’s Neighborhood
  2. pp. 121-133
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  1. 7: North Boulder: Vanishing Farmlands
  2. pp. 135-148
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  1. 8: University of Colorado: Alone on the Hill
  2. pp. 149-165
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  1. 9: University Hill and Chautauqua: Becoming Established
  2. pp. 167-187
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  1. 10: South Boulder: Postwar Growth
  2. pp. 189-197
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  1. 11: End of an Era: The City Matures
  2. pp. 199-202
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 203-204
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 205-212
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