Beyond the Land of Gold: The Life and Times of Perry A. Burgess

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Perry A. Burgess was many things: diarist, pioneer, prospector, banker, investor, inventor - the list is long and varied. His name appears in numerous historical works published since the 1950s, yet much of his story has never been told. In 1866 he traveled to Montana with his uncles and 300 head of cattle up the Bloody Bozeman Trail during Sioux Chief Red Cloud’s war. A pioneer of Colorado and one of the earliest settlers of Steamboat Springs, Burgess was a longtime friend and partner of some of the wealthiest ...

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Acworth, GA 2010 Cloth First Printing New in New jacket Heavy Item Postage Quote. 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. Perry A Burgess was many things: Diarist, Pioneer, Prospector, Banker, ... Investor, Inventor-the list is long and varied. His name appears in numerous historical works published since the 1950s, yet much of his story has never been told. In 1866 he travelled to Montana with his uncles and 300 head of cattle up the Bloody Bozeman Trail during Sioux Chief Red Cloud's War. A pioneer of Colorado and one of the earliest settlers of Steamboat Springs, Burgess was a long-time friend and partner of some of the wealthiest businessmen in the nineteenth-century American West. Amongst them, his uncle Lewis Cheney, was one of the richest men in Boulder, Colorado. Together they developed the city's banking system while contributing to its cultural and social heritage. Raised Mormon, as boys they fell victim to rampant persecution, and Perry's own father died on the Mormon Trail during the exodus to Utah. For Burgess, tho Read more Show Less

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Perry A. Burgess was many things: diarist, pioneer, prospector, banker, investor, inventor - the list is long and varied. His name appears in numerous historical works published since the 1950s, yet much of his story has never been told. In 1866 he traveled to Montana with his uncles and 300 head of cattle up the Bloody Bozeman Trail during Sioux Chief Red Cloud’s war. A pioneer of Colorado and one of the earliest settlers of Steamboat Springs, Burgess was a longtime friend and partner of some of the wealthiest businessmen in the nineteenth-century American West. Using Perry’s diaries, family photographs, and newly discovered personal essays published in the Steamboat Pilot as their focus, Valentine and Thompson piece together the life of a remarkable man and his family, whose adventurous spirit was matched only by their willingness to risk all for the unknown.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780982708910
  • Publisher: Thompson Media
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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Rebecca Valentine is the author of The Gilded Age and Progressive Era and coauthor of The Encyclopedia of U. S. History. She has ghostwritten several health and wellness books, and has a weekly column, "The Family Room", Travis Thompson is an IT manager for a global telecommunications company an uncle of Perry A. Burgess. He is an avid genealogist.

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Table of Contents

Family Tree II

Foreword VIII

Acknowledgements XII

List of Images XIII

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 Hannah Dustin - Perry's Infamous Ancestor 7

Chapter 2 Early Mormon Era - Birth of Perry A. Burgess 25

Chapter 3 Mormon Exodus - Perry's First Trail Ride 53

Chapter 4 California Gold Rush - Family Business Begins 79

Chapter 5 Utah War - Perry's Uncles Go to War 95

Chapter 6 Colorado Gold Rush - Perry Begins to Write 117

Chapter 7 'Bloody Bozeman' Trail - Perry's Montana Diaries & Recollections 145

Chapter 8 Montana Years - A Trapper's Diary & Recollections 253

Chapter 9 Missouri Banking - A Change in Careers 351

Chapter 10 The Founding of Steamboat Springs 367

Chapter 11 Colorado Banking - Investing in the New State 395

Chapter 12 Hahns Peak - Perry's Return to Mining 415

Chapter 13 Steamboat Springs, Colorado - Home at Last 437

Chapter 14 Death of a Pioneer 457

Biographical Notes 475

Notes 491

Bibliography 497

Index 503

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

    Highly Recommended- you must read!

    I enjoy American history, so when I heard about this book I knew I had to have it. I was right. I couldn't put it down. It is an excellent gift idea for any U.S. History buff. Perry Burgess lived a very interesting life to say the least. I enjoyed this book!

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    Makes American history come alive!

    This biography is aimed at American frontier history buffs, geneology fans, and those interested in the history of the Latter Day Saints. I am none of these. In fact, my major connection is that Perry Burgess was a founder of Steamboat Springs,CO, where my family loves to ski! But Perry Burgess was an American original whose life is a fascinating account of the opening of the American West, the struggle to accomodate to native peoples, the rush to find gold,and the migrations of thousands of Mormons to Western states.

    The book traces Perry's DNA back to Haverill, MA, at the opening of the seventeeth century, follows his ancestors as they become Mormons, are forced to migrate westward, until we finally encounter a young Perry riding to Colorado and later on the Bozeman Trail in search of gold. He kept a detailed diary of all he saw and experienced. His writing is funny, opinionated, and passionate--this man knows that the pristine landscapes he is seeing cannot last long, so he captures them for us.

    If your knowledge of American history in the West is shaped by John Wayne movies, you will want to read this book--Perry Burgess was a man who lived a very large life and he can take you with him hunting and prospecting as you read this carefully researched biography.

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