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Selected Books About Colorado
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David Mason, Colorado Poet Laureate

Harriet Louise Castle Wilcox Wason [1839-?] was known as 'the Poet of Colorado'

Selected Non-Fiction & Memoir Books About Colorado

Great River / Rio Grande book by Paul Horgan  "Great River: The Rio Grande In North American History" [1954]
by Paul Horgan {won the Bancroft Prize and Pulitzer Prize for History}

Volume 1: Indians & Spain, Volume 2: Mexico & The United States
Kindle Edition from Wesleyan [4/2012] for $14.29
Wesleyan 8½x5½ pb [10/91] for $21.79
Holt, Rinehart & Winston 8½x5¾ hardcover [5/71] out of print/used
Rinehart & Co. 9½x6¾ hardcover [1954] out of print/many used
Holliday, Masterson, Earp - Their Colorado Careers book by E. Richard Churchill  "Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp: Their Colorado Careers" [1978]
by E. Richard Churchill

Western Reflections Publng 8¼x5½ pb [2001] out of print/used
Timberline Books 8½x5½ pb [6/78] out of print/used

see also 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore's pages for Wyatt Earp [1848-1929]
and 'Doc' Holliday [1851-87] and 'Bat' Masterson [1853-1921]

award-winning Chief Left Hand biography by Margaret Coel  "Chief Left Hand: Southern Arapaho" [1981] by mystery author Margaret Coel
Award-winning biography of Chief Left Hand [c1825-1864], whose Indian name was Niwot; he took a peacable attitude toward the many whites moving into Colorado, but was among those massacred at Sand Creek under orders of Territorial Governor John A. Evans
Univ Oklahoma Press 9x6 pb [3/88] for $14.96
Univ Oklahoma Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [10/1981] out of print/used
Chief Niwot entry at Wikipedia
Colorado Scenic Guide, Southern Region book by Lee Gregory  "Colorado Scenic Guide: Northern Region" [1983] by Lee Gregory
Johnson Books 3rd edition 9x6 pb [6/96] for $14.95

"Colorado Scenic Guide: Southern Region" [1984] by Lee Gregory
Johnson Books 3rd edition 9x6 pb [6/96] for $14.95

Great Southwest of Fred Harvey Company & Santa Fe Railway book edited by Marta Weigle & Barbara A. Babcock  "The Great Southwest of The Fred Harvey Company and The Santa Fe Railway"
[1996] Edited by Marta Weigle & Barbara A. Babcock

Heard Museum 12x9 pb [6/96] out of print/used

more info on the Harvey House Restaurants Page at 'Readers of The Purple Sage'

Rio Grande book  "Rio Grande: From The Rocky Mountains To The Gulf of Mexico" [1999]
by Peter Lourie

Boyds Mills Press 8x10 pb [9/2000] for $9.95
Boyds Mills Press 8¼x10¼ YA hardcover [2/99] for $17.95
Railroads of Colorado book by Claude Wiatrowski  
"Railroads of Colorado: Your Guide To Colorado's Historic Trains and Railway Sites" [2004] by Claude Wiatrowski
Voyageur Press 11¼x9 hardcover [6/2004] out of print/used
Western Voices: 125 Years of Colorado Writing anthology edited by Steve Grinstead & Ben Fogelberg  "Western Voices: 125 Years of Colorado Writing" [2004]
Edited by Steve Grinstead & Ben Fogelberg

33 articles & essays previously published by the Colorado Historical Society, by authors including Helen Hunt Jackson, William Henry Jackson, Louis L'Amour, David Lavender & Wallace Stegner
Fulcrum Publng 9¼x6 pb [9/2004] for $24.98
classic 'A Colorado History' book by Carl Ubbelohde, Maxine Benson & Duane A. Smith  "A Colorado History - Ninth Edition" [orig 1965, rev 2006]
by Carl Ubbelohde, Maxine Benson & Duane A. Smith

WestWinds Press/Pruett Series 9x6 pb [1/2006] for $23.66
Pruett Publng Third Edition hardcover [1972] out of print/used
Colorado Labor Wars 1903-1904 book from Pikes Peak Library District  "The Colorado Labor Wars, 1903-1904 - Cripple Creek District" [2006]
Kindle Edition from Pikes Peak Library District [2006 edition] for $4.99
Pikes Peak Library District 8½x5½ pb [8/2006] out of print/used
Colorado Industries of the Past book by William L. Reich  "Colorado Industries of The Past" [2008] by William L. Reich
over 220 b&w images & illustrations
Johnson Books 9¾x7 pb [10/2008] for $15.49
official book page {list price $18.95}
Trail of Gold and Silver Colorado Mining book by Duane A. Smith  "The Trail of Gold and Silver: Mining In Colorado, 1859-2009" [2009]
by {historian} Duane A. Smith

Kindle Edition from Univ Press Colorado [5/2011] for $10.99
Univ Press Colorado 8¾x6½ pb [8/2011] for $16.51
Univ Press Colorado 9x6¼ hardcover [10/2009] out of print/used
An Elevated View, Colorado Writers on Writing book edited by W.C. Jameson  "An Elevated View: Colorado Writers On Writing" [2011] Edited by W.C. Jameson
contributors include Mario Acevedo, Kathy Brandt, Margaret Coel, Dan Guenther, David Mason, Larry Meredith, Mara Purl, Joe Stone, Kym O’Connell Todd & Mark Todd, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, and Susan Tweit
Kindle Edition from Seven Oaks Publng [11/2011] for $7.99
Seven Oaks Publng 9x6 pb [5/2011] for $11.66
Historic Bars of The Southwest book by Melody & Myke Groves  "Hoist A Cold One!: Historic Bars of The Southwest" [2011]
by Melody & Myke Groves

Descriptions of 25 historic establishments in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico
& Colorado, with photos past & present and driving directions

U.N.M. Press 8x10 pb [7/2011] for $18.21

Colorado's Best Ghost Towns book by Kenneth Jessen  "Colorado's Best Ghost Towns" [2011] by Kenneth Jessen
Using a rating system after completing his 4-volumes on Colorado ghost towns, author chose 105 'best' ghost towns for this book; includes histories, historic & contemporary photographs (many in color), and maps with GPS coordinates.
J.V. Publns 10x8 pb [9/2011] for $16.91
Wild West History of Frontier Colorado book by Jolie Anderson Gallagher  "A Wild West History of Frontier Colorado: Pioneers, Gunslingers & Cattle Kings On The Eastern Plains" [2011] by Jolie Anderson Gallagher
The History Press 9x6 pb [10/2011] for $16.52
Rio Grande, Eagle's View book by by Barbara McIntyre & Adriel Heisey  "The Rio Grande: An Eagle's View" [2011] Edited by Barbara McIntyre, Aerial photography by Adriel Heisey, Foreword by Robert Redford
WildEarth Guardians 11½x10½ hardcover [7/2011] for $47.25
Historic Bars of The Southwest book by Melody & Myke Groves  "Hoist A Cold One!: Historic Bars of The Southwest" [2011]
by Melody & Myke Groves

Descriptions of 25 historic establishments in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico & Colorado, with photos past & present and driving directions
U.N.M. Press 8x10 pb [7/2011] for $18.21
Reining in the Rio Grande book by Fred Phillips, G. Emlen Hall & Mary Black  
"Reining In The Rio Grande: People, Land, and Water" [2011]
by Fred M. Phillips, G. Emlen Hall & Mary E. Black

Univ New Mexico Press 9x6 hardcover [7/2011] for $23.76
Film and Photography on the Front Range in Kindle format from   "Film and Photography On The Front Range" for Kindle [2012]
Statewide history back to 1853 of amateur & professional photographers and of the movie industry in Colorado Territory & Colorado State.
Kindle Edition from Pikes Peak Library District [6/2012] for $5.99
Mother Jones and the Colorado Coal Field War book by Lois Ruby  "Strike! Mother Jones and The Colorado Coal Field War" [2012]
by Lois Ruby

Kindle Edition from Filter Press [9/2012] for $6.99
Filter Press 8½x5½ pb [9/2012] for $8.95
Filter Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [9/2012] for $17.95
Hollywood of the Rockies book by Michael J. Spencer  "Hollywood of The Rockies: Colorado, The West, and America's Film Pioneers"
[2013] by Michael J. Spencer

After New York & New Jersey, the movie industry centered in Hollywood, California; but in between (1895-1915), many motion pictures were made in Colorado; author first produced a half-hour TV show for Rocky Mountain PBS, then this book.
Kindle Edition from The History Press [7/2013] for $9.99
The History Press 9x6 pb [7/2013] for $16.86
official book sitePBS-TV program promo (30-seconds; in new window)

Colorado Inventions & Inventors book by William 'Bill' Reich  "Colorado Inventions & Inventors of The 19th Century" [2013]
by William L. Reich

includes 149 b&w patent drawings & applications and 30 photographs & other illustrations
Colorado Railroad Museum 11x8½ pb [re-issued 9/2014] - still not listed at Amazon (2015)
official book page {list price $29.95}
Early Hispanic Colorado book by Joseph P. Sanchez   "Early Hispanic Colorado, 1678-1900" [2015]
by Joseph P. Sánchez

Rio Grande Books 9x6 pb [8/2015] for $0.00
Silver Rails Railroads of Leadville, Colorado book by Christopher James  "Silver Rails: The Railroads of Leadville, Colorado" [2015]
by Christopher James

Sierra Grande Press 8½x11½ hardcover [2015] out of print/used
The story of Leadville's three railroads: the Denver & Rio Grande, the Colorado Midland, and the Denver, South Park & Pacific; 400+ b/w and color images, 18 route maps, 7 historic maps, bibliography, comprehensive indexofficial book site

'Lions' Colorado novel by Bonnie Nadzam  "Lions: A Novel" [2016] by Bonnie Nadzam
The small village of Lions on the high plains of Colorado is on the verge of vanishing. When a traveling stranger appears one day, his presence sets off a chain reaction that is especially unsettling to the Walker family . . .
Kindle Edition from Grove Press/Black Cat [7/2016] for $9.99
Grove Press/Black Cat 8¼x5½ pb [7/2016] for $10.60
River of Lost Souls / the Gold King Mine Disaster book by Jonathan P. Thompson  "River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind The Gold King Mine Disaster" [2018] by {environmental journalist} Jonathan P. Thompson
Kindle Edition from Torrey House Press [3/2018] for $9.99
Torrey House Press 7¾x5 pb [3/2018] for $12.76


"The Labor War In Colorado" [1901] by Ben Hanford

"Mountains of Silver: Life in Colorado's Red Mountain Mining District" [2/2000] by P. David Smith

"Colorado Mining Stories" [Sept 2002] by Caroline Arlen

"The Corpse On Boomerang Road: Telluride's War on Labor, 1899-1908" [Aug 2004] by MaryJoy Martin

"High, Wild & Handsome" [AuthorHouse 11/2004] Joanna Sampson

"Strange But True, Colorado: Weird Tales of The Wild West" [6/2005] by John Hafnor

"Here Lies Colorado: Fascinating Figures In Colorado History" [10/2005] by Richard E. Wood

"Colorado's Historic Hotels" [July 2011] by Alexandra Walker Clark

"The New Eldorado: The Story of Colorado's Gold and Silver Rushes" [10/2011] by Phyllis Flanders Dorset

Selected Fiction Books About Colorado

mystery author Margaret Coel lives in Boulder, Colorado

Colorado novel by Louis Bromfield  "Colorado" [1947 novel] by Pulitzer Prize-winner Louis Bromfield [1896-1956]
Witty and engaging tale of the rough and tumble miners, cowboys, and immigrants of fictional 'Silver City', Colorado – and their women
Popular Library mass pb [1975] out of print/scarce
Bantam Books mass pb [1951] out of print/scarce
Harper & Bros. 8x5½ hardcover [1947] out of print/150+ used
Harper & Bros. Book Club hardcover [1947] out of print/used

"Centennial: A Novel" [1974] by James A. Michener [1907-97]
"An epic novel of the history, land, and people of Colorado State, centered around the fictional town of Centennial, with Michener's usual extensive
cast of characters including Native Americans, French fur trappers, English noblemen, and American businessmen & cowboys."

The Poet mystery novel by Michael Connelly  "The Poet" [1996 mystery novel] by Michael Connelly
Denver, Colorado crime reporter Jack McEvoy is assigned the story of the death of his twin brother, a homicide detective. Suicide is out of the question, and the more Jack investigates, the more it looks like a serial killing, and within days he is sucked into a national F.B.I. hunt for a killer dubbed The Poet.
Kindle Edition from Little, Brown / Hachette [2003 edition] for $6.64
Warner Books mass pb [1/97] for $7.99
Warner Books 8x5¼ pb [7/2002] for $11.21
Little, Brown 9¾x6½ hardcover [1/96] out of print/many used
Brilliance ABR audio CD [4/2003] out of prodn/used

'Ride To Raton' Western romance novel by Marsha Ward  "Ride To Raton" [2003] by Marsha Ward
After being jilted by his fianceé, James Owen sets out looking for a new life; he meets beautiful young Amparo Garcés, who has come from Santa Fe to Colorado to marry a stranger. Through a twist of fate, James & Amparo must set out on a hazardous horseback trek over Raton Pass to Santa Fe, 'battling their personal demons, a challenging language barrier, and winter's raging storms'.
Kindle Edition from WestWard Books [5/2011] for $2.99
iUniverse 9x6 pb [11/2003] for $15.95

"Against The Day" [2006 novel] by Thomas Pynchon
much of the story is set in Colorado mining towns at the end of the 19th century.

A Dozen on Denver anthology from the Rocky Mountain News  "A Dozen On Denver: Stories" [2009] from the Editors of The Rocky Mountain News
Winner of the 2010 Colorado Book Award; illustrated by Charles Chamberlin; featuring 12 Colorado authors: Nick Arvin, Margaret Coel, Sandra Dallas, Diane Mott Davidson, Joanne Greenberg, Robert Greer, Arnold Grossman, Pam Houston, Laura Pritchett, Manuel Ramos, Connie Willis & Robert Pogue Ziegler
Kindle Edition from Fulcrum Publng [11/2009] for $15.40
Fulcrum Publng 7¾x5¾ hardcover [11/2009] for $17.16
East of Denver novel by Gregory Hill  "East of Denver: A Novel" [2012] by Gregory Hill
winner of the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award • official book site
Shakespeare Williams takes his dead cat back to his family’s farm in eastern Colorado for burial and finds that his widowed and senile father is living in squalor, with no money and the land lying fallow since a local banker has cheated old Emmett out of the majority of the farm equipment and his beloved Cessna airplane. With no job and no prospects, Shakespeare finds himself caretaker to both his dad and the farm. He is drawn into a mismatched clique of old high school classmates, who start thinking seriously of bank robbery . . .
Kindle Edition from MobileRef [7/2012] for $12.99
Dutton Adult 8¼x5½ hardcover [7/2012] for $14.25

Mister Moffat's Road historical novel by Stan Moore  "Mister Moffat's Road" historical novel [2014] by Stan Moore
Historical Colorado events of 1902 to 1904 are supplemented by tales from author's family and by fictional characters and elements of daily lifeofficial booksite
Kindle Edition from Adit & Stope [11/2014] for $9.99
Adit & Stope 8½x5½ pb [9/2014] for $15.77
Adit & Stope pb [9/2014] out of print/used
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Mister Moffat's Hill historical novel by Stan Moore  "Mister Moffat's Hill" sequel historical novel [2017] by Stan Moore  4/2017
Historical Colorado events of 1903 to 1906 are supplemented by tales from author's family and by fictional characters and elements of daily life
Kindle Edition from Adit & Stope [4/2017] for $12.99
Adit & Stope 8½x5½ pb [9/2014] for $15.77
Adit & Stope pb [9/2014] out of print/used

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