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It Happened in Colorado
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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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