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Colorado has historical high points as grand as its magnificent mountains. In this book, author James A. Crutchfield scales thirty-six of these historical summits. From a prehistoric bison hunt to a mad scramble for a fortune in gold It Happened in Colorado is a window into the Centennial State's colorful past.
Paperback, Second Edition, 160 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by TwoDot (first published September 1993)
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Chris Kemp
Good Colorado history vignettes.
Seth Trojcak
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I personally have had two experiences when learning history, I either fall asleep or am excitedly reading to find out what happens next. With this book I was hanging onto each word, I love Colorado and was interested to learn its history. The Author breaks the book into many small few page chapters so that by the end of the book you've read countless stories, from the first people to climb Pike's Peak all the way to horrible things that happened to the American Indians, and cattle drives from ...more
Soleil Sadler
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting collection of stories.
Joey Chuita
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Quick tidbits of information that can lead to further reading and research.
Lisa Bittle
Colorado certainly has some interesting history, making this rectangular shaped state, colorful. I learned things I did not know before.
Mary Preston
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
So this book was super entertaining and better paced then the last book i read so it was good that way but only a few of the stories in it were eventful enough to be memorable.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was very informative. Every story was short and easy to read. I wanted to read it to know a little of the background of Colorado and I feel like I accomplished what I was hoping to achieve. Although, I have to admit that some of the stories were interesting only because I heard a little about them from my History class in college. Besides that, I am pleased with having read it and hearing stories like Francis Parkman's predictions of CO and the story of cannibalism.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is targeted for middle schoolers but I guess that's about when I would have learned Colorado history had I grown up in Colorado and studied state history in school. The stories are interesting tales of the untamed West and the colorful characters that help shape the Centennial State. It was fun learning about where the names of some Colorado towns and streets in Denver originated. Definitely worth a read if you'd like to learn a little more about Colorado.
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, colorado
gives a good overgview of many of the stories in colorado history
Alison Fletcher
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
a great little overview of the history of Colorado
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Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating series of vignettes that tell of the amazing history of Colorado from ancient times to modern. It is a good look at the characters who helped to shape the American West and the circumstances that created the state of Colorado from a wilderness. Definitely worth reading.
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James A. Crutchfield is the author of many books on United States history, including Tragedy at Taos: the Revolt of 1847, Eyewitness to American History, and Legends of the Wild West. His contributions to a variety of newspapers and nationally distributed magazines and journals number in the hundreds. He has been awarded the Spur Award from Western Writers of America and is a two-time award ...more

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