Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado: Tales from Times Past | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/coal-creek-canyon-colorado-tales-times-past[12/8/2015 11:04:40 AM] Home Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado: Tales from Times PastCoal Creek Canyon, Colorado: Tales from Times PastSubmitted by nwharton on 5-13-2012 10:32 AMAuthor: Vicki Moran Publishing: Golden, CO: Moss Rock Press, 2011. 196 pages. Black-and-white photographs, notes, bibliography, index, maps. Reviewer: Karen Gerrity Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado: Tales from Times Past is a delightful book filled with historic photos, personal memoirs, and newspaper articles that create an intimate illustration of the people who lived there and their struggles, conflicts, and accomplishments. This wellwritten and well-researched book tells the story of how Coal Creek Canyon was settled and how a tight-knit community developed from the mid-1800s to the present day. Stories of train derailments, fires, and even a murder add spice to this book, which is composed of tales from times past. The author spent countless hours interviewing individuals whose families lived in the canyon, some for generations. These perspectives make this book compelling and easy to digest, and the words and photos on the pages come alive for the reader. Present-day commuters driving up and down the canyon would be surprised to learn about the many stores, post offices, and restaurants that have come and gone over the years, or the band of thieves who once lived in the canyon. The community center and hall, which can be seen today just west of the United Power facility, was the meeting place as residents united in the early organization of the canyon to establish infrastructure, road improvements, and services such as a fire department and rural electric 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 AmericanWe were most agreeably surprised to find him a polished gentleman. Description of James P. Beckwourth, African American mountain man, fur trader and explorer.
Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado: Tales from Times Past | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/coal-creek-canyon-colorado-tales-times-past[12/8/2015 11:04:40 AM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us association. The railroad played an important part in the history of the canyon, and Moran does an excellent job of researching and collecting related photos and stories. The only thing missing is the story of the Native Americans who lived in the canyon in the 1800s. There is only a brief mention of a young girl walking from the canyon to her school in Eldorado Canyon and how a Native American was perched on a rock up the ridge and sat quietly watching her. This reference left me yearning for more information about the interactions between cultures. As a resident of Coal Creek Canyon, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to those seeking to learn more about this lovely canyon and the community of people living there. Reviewer Info: Karen Gerrity is a writer whose published works include poetry and short stories. She was a columnist and associate editor with Alternative Publications and has a passion for the written and spoken word. Currently employed as the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City and County of Broomfield, Gerrity is grateful that her office is in the library so she is always surrounded by good books. Add new comment