Boulder: A Sense of Time and Place Revisited | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/boulder-sense-time-and-place-revisited[12/8/2015 12:28:21 PM] Home Boulder: A Sense of Time and Place RevisitedBoulder: A Sense of Time and Place RevisitedSubmitted by jainlayconley on 2-28-2011 10:18 PMAuthor: Silvia Pettem Publishing: Boulder : A Sense of Time and Place Revisited American Chronicles series. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2010. Black and white photos, index. 142 pages. 6x 9. $19.99 paperback. Only in Boulder: The Countys Colorful Characters Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2010. Black and white photos, index. 157 pages. 6 x 9. $19.99 paperback. Reviewer: Margaret Coel When the Union Pacific announced plans to build a new depot in Boulder in the 1880s, controversy erupted. Everybody in town, it seemed, had an opinion, which prompted the editor of the Boulder County Herald to write: Human nature! Theres a considerable amount of it in Boulder. Indeed. And in these delightful books, Sylvia Pettem catches the quirkiness, high spirits, and resolve that have characterized Boulder from the towns beginnings. The books are collections of Pettems columns written for the Daily Camera between 1998 and 2010. While the reader can open the books anywhere, learn something new, and enjoy the experience, I recommend reading from beginning to end. What unfolds is the biography of a city, from birth on the banks of Boulder Creek in 1859, with ten or twelve log cabins, none of them completed, and 75 or 100 people, mostly living in wagons and tents ( Only in Boulder 15), to a fretful adolescence in the 1920s and 1930s and the middle age that settled in following World War II, to the mature city of 100,000 people today. As these well-crafted stories show, it is the people who have made Boulder a fascinating place. People like Jean Sherwood, the Chicago artist, educator, and humanitarian, who visited Boulder in the early 1900s and fell in love with the towns beauty. After moving to Boulder, she built a cottage as a retreat for Chicago working women who cannot afford the exorbitant rates asked by most so-called summer resorts. For a ten-dollar membership fee in Sherwoods Holiday House Association, working women were guaranteed a two-week retreat in Boulder every year for life. Eventually the organization grew to several houses in Boulder and a hotel and cabins in Gold Hill. By 1934, 5,400 working women had vacationed in the Boulder area. Or Dr. Livingston Farrand, president of the University of Colorado from 1914 to 1917, who, in that short time, ensured the unified Italianate-style architecture that makes the CU campus so beautiful. Or Dr. Horace O. Dodge, a Civil War veteran who recited the Gettysburg Address to the people of Boulder from the courthouse lawn every Memorial Day for thirty years. Even with Boulders celebrity citizens, Pettem uncovers the never-before-told details that penetrate the celebrity mask to show the person. Take Byron Whizzer White, the great CU football player who served three decades on the United States Supreme Court. We learn that White played NFL football for three seasons to pay his law school tuition and that he would leave football practice with law books tucked under EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanCasimiro Barela, state senator for over 37 years, fought to ensure Colorados first constitution was published in English, Spanish and German.
Boulder: A Sense of Time and Place Revisited | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/boulder-sense-time-and-place-revisited[12/8/2015 12:28:21 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us his arms. He also hated his nicknamethe brainchild of an enterprising sports writer. Later, if anyone asked how to spell Whizzer, Whites secretaries were instructed to respond, BYRON. In May 1962, hometown astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the earth, but Pettem focuses on Carpenters mother, Florence, a quiet, unassuming woman. We learn how reporters and cameramen from national networks camped in front of Florences house during the astronauts flight. But Florence stayed out of the spotlight until her son was safely back on earth. Then she told the press that the landing was the happiest moment of her life ( Only in Boulder 140). Boulder had its share of rascals as well, and Pettem catches them in their delusional glory. People like Allen J. Lefferdink, who swept into Boulder broke, as he put it, and proceeded to build a bogus multimilliondollar empire based on worthless securities( Only in Boulder 113). In 1961, after being acquitted for bilking twenty thousand investors out of $15 million, Lefferdink swept out of town, leaving behind a ninestory downtown building with penthouse offices and roof heliport and a partially constructed hotel. He continued his swindling ways until 1976 when a Florida court convicted him of fraud and conspiracy and sentenced him to prison. Best of all, the stories in these books capture the spirit of Boulder and convey a sense of what the city is really like. Pettem describes the holiday lights flaring over the courthouse, the star glowing on Flagstaff Mountain, the parades and Fourth of July celebrations, the Halloween Mall Crawl and music at Chautauqua and other ways in which the community has come together through the decades. But one story says it all: In the 1970s, the Altissimo Orchestra, a group of Boulder musicians, decided to give summer concerts in a mountain meadow high above town. This required a four-mile hike up rugged terrain, instruments on their backs. But local folks also made the hike. Word of the concerts spread, the orchestra grew, and so did the audience, until several hundred were hiking up the mountain to listen to Mozart, Handel, and Wagner. This is Boulder. Reviewer Info: Margaret Coel is the author of several books on Colorado history, including Chief Left Hand and Goin Railroading She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the Wind River mystery series, set among the Arapahos on the Wind River Reservation. In 2010, Coel received the Frank Waters Award for exemplary writing and literary success that mirror the spirit and achievement of Frank Waters, as well as the High Plains Book Festival Emeritus Award for a lifetime of outstanding work. A native of Colorado, Coel has lived in Boulder since the 1960s. Add new comment