Mysteries and Legends of Colorado: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained

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An ancient people, the Anasazi, constructed elaborate towns in the cliffs of southern Colorado, only to abandon the area at the very height of their civilization. How does an entire culture manage to vanish into thin air?
In 1864, the Reynolds gang robbed a wagon train of more than $60,000. At the end of a long, bloody chase, the outlaws' loot remained missing. Is there a treasure trove of gold and jewels still buried in the hills outside of ...
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Overview


An ancient people, the Anasazi, constructed elaborate towns in the cliffs of southern Colorado, only to abandon the area at the very height of their civilization. How does an entire culture manage to vanish into thin air?
In 1864, the Reynolds gang robbed a wagon train of more than $60,000. At the end of a long, bloody chase, the outlaws' loot remained missing. Is there a treasure trove of gold and jewels still buried in the hills outside of Fairplay?
And in 1969, Thomas Riha, a professor of Russian and art history, disappeared amid gossip that he might have been working undercover for the KGB. Was this a case of rumor run amok, or was Colorado actually harboring a sinister spy?
From Buffalo Bill and P.T. Barnum to the naming of Colfax Avenue, author Jan Murphy makes history fun, pulling the curtain back on some of the West's most fascinating and compelling stories.
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Colorado bristles with mysteries. From nearly inaccessible Native American cliff dwellers to the still unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey, the Centennial State is home to scores of baffling crimes and unexplained events. Jan Murphy's Mysteries and Legends of Colorado sorts them out with admirable open-mindedness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762743186
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Mysteries and Legends Series
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,387,041
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Murphy is a lifelong enthusiast of all things Colorado, having attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and taught Colorado history at Lockheed Martin Astronautic's Evening Institute. She lives in Lakewood, Colorado.

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Al Wetherill stared at the site in front of him and wondered, "Who were these people and where did they go?" He already knew from the old pottery shards in the area that some ancient peoples must have lived there long ago. But this new sighting interested him.

It was 1882 when Benjamin Alfred (Al) Wetherill had been been told of an odd sight by a man who wintered his stock in Mancos Canyon southwest of present-day Durango, Colorado. The man had looked up into the cliffs and had seen the uninhabited rock ruins of some type of a dwelling, with broad white stripes painted on the walls.

Wetherill, who lived on the nearby Alamo Ranch with his brothers, decided to ride his horse into the canyon and look for himself. He traveled about twelve miles, as the man had instructed, and saw nothing. With dusk approaching he decided to turn back, but as he did his eye caught the top rim of a cave directly above him. It was about 100 feet up. He dismounted his horse and scrambled up the rocky slope. There before him stood standing walls built of rock and painted with white stripes. Pottery fragments, flint chips, and straw-like sandals were found in the debris.

This place would come to be named Sandal House due to the large number of sandals found at this location. It would be among dozens of "cliff dwellings" that were discovered by the Wetherill brothers throughout the following years. Solving the mystery had begun regarding who these people were and where they had gone.

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Table of Contents

(1) Mystery of the Anasazi at Mesa Verde (2) Myth of P. T. Barnum in Colorado (3) Mystery of the Reynolds Treasure (4) Myth of Buffalo Bill Tales (5) Mystery of the Murder of JonBenet Ramsey (6) Myth of Colorado Weather (7) Mystery of the Idledale Samovar (8) Myths of Longs Peak, Pikes Peak and Greeley (9) Mystery of Baby Doe Tabor (10) Myth of the Coors TV ads: "somewhere near Golden" (11) Mystery of Denver's First National Bank Robbery (12) Mystery of the 7 Keys Bald Pate Hotel

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