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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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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.
Family Tree II
List of Images XIII
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
Posted October 30, 2010
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 8, 2010
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.
Posted November 8, 2010
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