Suggested Reading List
The Utes Must Go
Author: Peter Decker
Description: Tracing three centuries of Ute Indian history, ''The Utes Must Go!'' chronicles the policies and incidents that led to the involuntary removal of the Ute Indians from Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Historian Peter Decker unveils new critical information on figures such as U.S. Army Maj. Thomas Thornburgh, Interior Secretary Carl Schurz, famed newspaperman Horace Greeley, and Indian Agent Nathan Meeker whose relentless mission to turn Indian hunters into farmers led to the tragedy at Milk Creek in 1879. Decker's research brings to light the complete drama of a proud Indian people swept away by the nineteenth-century tide of pioneer settlement, racism, and greed.
Mines, Mountain Roads, and Rocks: Geologic Road Logs of the Ouray Area (Ouray County Historical Society Guidebook Series, Guidebook No. 1)
Author: George Moore
Description: This well-illustrated publication discusses how the northwestern San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado and the rich ore bodies they contain formed and describes the historic mining districts of the area. It provides point-by-point descriptions of the mines, rocks, and other features along the roads and jeep trails that provide access to the mountains.
The Rainbow Route
Author: Robert Sloan
Description: Presents the fascinating saga of Otto Mears' "other" narrow gauge railroading endeavors and also the precious metals mining high in the San Juan Mountains within the Silverton district. This 416-page chronicle is the first-and-foremost history of the Silverton Railroad; the Silverton, Gladstone & Northerly; and the Silverton Northern; the three little lines that hauled gold and silver ore down to Silverton and connected with the Denver & Rio Grande's Silverton Branch. Features 400 illustrations with 60 in full color.
Mountains of Silver: Life in Colorado’s Red Mountain Mining District
Author: David Smith
Description: A little over a century ago, the Red Mountain Mining District in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado was the scene of a "silver rush" with an output of precious metals second in Colorado only to that of Leadville. In a period of less than twenty-five years, more than thirty million dollars in silver, lead, zinc, copper, and gold were taken from the rich deposits in the mines along Red Mountain Divide -- an amount roughly equivalent to a quarter billion of today's dollars. The histories of the communities that sprang into being with these mines, the railroads constructed to service them, and the men and women who lived, worked and died in them, are the threads deftly woven into the richly textured story of Mountains of Silver. It is a colorful and varied tapestry that depicts the lives of prospectors who made the first rich strikes; the land promoters, speculators, and road-and-railroad builders who capitalized on the frenzied rush to the area; and the motley collection of miners, lawyers, merchants, prostitutes, saloonkeepers, and freighters who attempted to profit from the boom.
Exploring the Historic San Juan Triangle
Author: David Smith
Description: Readers are given a grand tour of the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Filled with rare photographs, specially drawn maps, new trips, updated road tours, and information on towns along the way, this is the "Number One" Jeeping Guide to the San Juans.
The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico
Author: Virginia Simmons
Description: Using government documents, archives, and local histories, Simmons has painstakingly separated the often repeated and often incorrect hearsay from more accurate accounts of the Ute Indians.