Colorado's historic mountain passes

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Colorado's historic mountain passes
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Colorado's historic mountain passes
Wharton, Nicholas J.
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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Auraria Library
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Colorados Historic Mountain Passes | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:21:40 PM] Author: Larry Rynearson and Rick Jones Publishing: Lake City, CO: Western Reflections Publishing Company, 2014. 180 pages. Color photographs, illustrations, maps, index, bibliography. Reviewer: Nicholas J. Wharton Colorado has a rich history of adventurous travelers navigating through twisting mountain passes in an attempt to cross the continental divide. In an effort to traverse the history behind these mountain passes,


Colorados Historic Mountain Passes | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:21:40 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us avid four-wheeling hobbyist Larry Rynearson and professional photographer Rick Jones have written Colorado's Historic Mountain Passes This 180 page hardback book is dedicated to exploring this rich history of ninety-two mountain passes throughout Colorado. In terms of organization, the book is laid out into two sections. Section one is divided into seven chapters providing a general history of both the landscape and human interaction throughout Colorado. Section two consists of only one chapter, chapter eight, and is divided into six subsections that examine the ninety-two mountain passes by geographical regions. In addition, this book contains several regional maps that provide general locations of the ninety-two mountain passes. This distinctive book offers a wide array of both historical and locational information. The first fifth of the text provides an informative and well-written general history of Colorado to those who are unfamiliar with the area. Following this, each subsection begins with information on the GPS location, county, and the evaluation of each mountain pass. These subsections each deliver a well researched and intriguing historical background with unique facts on each mountain pass. In addition, one out of every three of these subsections includes an exquisite photograph of either the mountain pass or surrounding features. A delightful and realistic example of a photograph of surrounding features is found on page sixty-nine of the Narrow Steep Road signs with a caption that finishes with Please heed the signs! However, throughout the book this reviewer struggled with whether this should be considered a historical coffee-table book or used as a guidebook for navigating the Colorado mountain passes. At times there was a want for more photographs of the mountain passes, however the lack of the photographs coupled with the locational information of each pass also seemed to cause a desire and want to visit each location. Perhaps this is only a personal struggle, yet a recommendation from this reviewer would call for a second edition that might either include additional photographs or historical photographs of the mountain passes or the reformatting of the book to a more standard 6x9 guidebook. Overall, Colorado's Historic Mountain Passes by Larry Rynearson and Rick Jones provides a wonderfully written historic exploration of ninety-two mountain passes throughout Colorado. Although struggling at times with the formatting of this book, it is a needed history with stunning pictures of the mountain passes that should be included in everyones personal library and is guaranteed to be frequently used and referenced by Colorado history lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Reviewer Info: Nicholas J. Wharton received BA degrees in history and sociology from Colorado State University. He earned an MPA with a concentration in local government and an MA in public history under the guidance of Thomas J. Noelboth from the University of Colorado Denver. Currently Wharton is the assistant town administrator for Severance, Colorado.