The First We Can Remember
Colorado Pioneer Women Tell Their Stories
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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After an overnight stop during her journey to Colorado in the early 1880s, Nellie Buchanan described her excitement about pioneering in the West. Like the other narrators whose accounts appear here, she was excited about the open spaces, the physical beauty, and the...
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Chapter 1: The Northwest Plateau: Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties
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To the west of the Rocky Mountains stretches an arid plateau region that includes northwestern Colorado, southwestern Wyoming, and northeastern Utah; the area was home to the White River Utes long before the arrival of European American missionaries, trappers, farmers...
Chapter 2: The Mountains and Foothills: Gunnison, Rio Grande, Chaffee, Delta,Arapahoe, and Alamosa Counties
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Although not all of the counties included in this section are mountain counties, each of the narratives included here concerns itself to some extent with the details of traveling to, traveling through, settling in, and mining in the mountains of Colorado. Taken together, they offer...
Chapter 3: The South: Pueblo, Otero, El Paso, and Las Animas Counties
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At the conjunction of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek, the site where the city of Pueblo now stands, the men in Zebulon Pike’s 1806 expedition into Colorado built a breastwork of logs for shelter and protection. In 1840 the hunter, trapper, and guide Richens Lacy Wootten...
Chapter 4: The Northeast: Weld, Morgan, and Logan Counties
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One of the inducements for European American settlement in eastern Colorado was the Federal Homestead Act of 1862, which enabled a homesteader to acquire 160 acres of “unoccupied” land by preempting (that is, by living on it or “squatting” in a sense) for five years...
Chapter 5: The Eastern Prairie: Kit Carson and Prowers Counties
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Before much of it was turned to farmland and rangeland, the eastern third of Colorado was short-grass prairie with an average rainfall of below twenty inches a year. A concern mentioned by nearly every narrator in Kit Carson County, therefore, was the scarcity of water. The...
Chapter 6 The Southwest: La Plata and Montezuma Counties
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Named for the mineral wealth to be found in the area, the county La Plata (Spanish for silver) on the New Mexico line in southwestern Colorado was established in 1874 from the area that had, for the most part, been Guadalupe (Conejos) County originally. Though initially...
Appendix: The Correspondence of Anna Florence Robisonand LeRoy Hafen
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Anna Florence Robison, the field-worker for Montezuma County in 1934, corresponded frequently with LeRoy Hafen, curator at the Colorado Historical Society in Denver and the project director for the fieldwork being done across the state. Although Anna Robison need not be seen...
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Page Count: 408
Illustrations: 8 maps, 1 appendix
Publication Year: 2011