Historical Atlas of Colorado

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Overview

This unique historical atlas will help you to comprehend quickly Colorado’s geography and its fascinating past—from the prehistoric Indian cultures to the modern metropolises, from the Spanish and French explorers to the modern ski resorts. The full-page, clearly drawn maps and the lively text provide easy access to the essential information about the Highest State.

Colorado’s history has been played out on a spectacular landscape. The highest mountains of the continental divide cut the state in half with a two-mile-high barrier. This rocky obstacle long served as a tribal and international boundary and as an impediment to exploration and settlement. All that changed in 1858 when gold was discovered on the South Platte River. Within two years, 100,000 people rushed to Colorado, the home of instant cities and instant millionaires. Quickly, the state evolved from a most rugged and remote frontier into a booming mining and agricultural center.

Compiled by three leading authorities on Colorado history and geography, this atlas is designed for both students and tourists. Scholars will profit from the maps of little-known phenomena such as the earliest county lines and the explorers’ routes. Weekend tourists will learned to follow old trails, stagecoach lines, and narrow-gauge railroads to ghost towns, historic districts, literary landmarks, quaint bed-and-breakfasts, and other attractions.

For easy use, the atlas is well organized into sections on geography, political boundaries, mining, transportation, settlement and urbanization, and recreational and historic areas. The extensive references for each of the sixty maps are a gold mine of detailed and esoteric literature. No Colorado traveler, whether in an armchair or hiking back country, should be without the Historical Atlas of Colorado.

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Reprint of the 1993 cloth edition ($29.95) described in the May 1994 R&R Book News. Despite our earlier surly remark about the format, this is, as are the other state atlases from the U. of Oklahoma Press, a great contribution to historical and geographical knowledge. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806125916
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Thomas J. Noel is Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation, and Colorado Studies at University of Colorado Denver. He appears regularly on Denver’s Channel 9 (NBC) as “Dr. Colorado,” writes a Sunday Denver Post column, and is the author or coauthor of more than 40 books, including Colorado: A History of the Centennial State (coauthored with Carl Abbott and Steve Leonard) and Colorado: A Liquid History and Taven Guide to the Highest State.

Paul F. Mahoney deals in rare maps and books from his Old Map Gallery in Denver.

Richard E. Stevens is Professor of Geography, University of Colorado at Denver.

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