Welcome to John Gregory Country, Winner of the American Regional History Award (ARHPA), Western States Category. Winner of the Colorado Independent Publishers Award. In 1859, deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, John Hamilton Gregory washed four dollars worth of gold from a pan of dirt and turned Denver into a ghost town. Thousands followed in his footsteps--prospectors, road builders, shopkeepers, farmers schoolteachers, railroad men, dreamers all, pouring up Gregory's trace like water rushing through a dike. This is their book, what they saw and what they named, from Coal Creek to Clear Creek, from Black Hawk eastward to the prairies. It belongs also to the dead men whose names never crossed the printed page--miners on the Spanish Bar, Indians who laid out the tepee rings, ancient peoples who welcomed the morning sun in their caves.
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Winner of the 1999 American Regional History Award, Western States. Voted #1 by Librarians.
The editors have done an amazing job of staying out of the way of the history, relying heavily on primary sources to speak for themselves. Most of the nearly 200 photographs have never before been published. Footnotes, an index, maps and a bibliography compliment this handsome 280-page book.From the Author:
John Gregory came out of nowhere to ring up the curtain on the Little Kingdom of Gilpin, and then disappeared. Where he was born, where he died, if he had a wife to mourn him all her life, if his children they were brave—no one knows. (And weren't they gamblers all, those gold seekers, and wouldn't it bowl John over to see his diggings now [Black Hawk, Colorado] still aglitter in the middle of the night, still sucking them in like moths to the light?)
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Book Description C Lazy Three Pr, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110964328321