Forgotten Tales of Colorado

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Forgotten Tales of Colorado
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Forgotten Tales of Colorado
Forsyth, David
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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Forgotten Tales of Colorado | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:08:43 PM] Home Forgotten Tales of ColoradoForgotten Tales of ColoradoSubmitted by barlowk on 6-30-2015 01:58 PMAuthor: Stephanie Waters Publishing: Forgotten Tales of Colorado. By Stephanie Waters. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2013. 191 pages. Black-and-white photographs. 7 x 5. $12.99 paperback. Reviewer: David Forsyth Colorado has a rich and colorful history full of amazing and fascinating stories. Stephanie Waters begins Forgotten Tales of Colorado writing that truth is stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that adage truer than in Colorado (9). Waters sets out to tell several stranger-than-fiction stories, ranging from alien visitations to outlaws to mining history. The stories that Waters tells are indeed entertaining, but unfortunately the facts seem be forgotten more often than not in many of them. Some of the errors in the book could be dismissed as simple typos: spelling Greeley as Greely throughout the book, calling Cheesman Park Chessman (161), or referring to the $800 dress that Cripple Creek madam Pearl de Vere was buried in as an $8,000 dress (163). However, other mistakes are more serious. There are several facts wrong in her story of the Tabors. She refers to Augusta Tabor as having children ( 74), when in fact she only had one child, son Maxey. On page 71 she writes that Harvey Doe came to Black Hawk to work in a mine that his uncle owned, when in fact he came to Central City to work the Fourth of July Mine that his father had given him. In writing about the famed Pearl of Allah, she states that one of the pearls owners, Joseph Bonicelli, was convicted in 1990 of murdering his wife and died in prison in 1996; a quick internet search reveals that police never connected Bonicelli to his wifes death until after he died in 1998. The mistakes do not end there. Waters has an armored tank guarding Buffalo Bills funeral on Lookout Mountain in 1917 (163), when in fact the tank was there in 1919 as part of a war bond drive. She makes several errors in telling the story of Mother Frances Cabrini, from stating that she unknowingly purchased property without water on Lookout Mountain to writing that she tapped her cane on a rock to show where to find water (24). Listing Horace Greeley (118) as the founding father of Greeley might come as a surprise to Nathan Meeker and the other members of the Union Colony, the original name for the town. What makes the errors even more disturbing is that so many of them could have been checked and easily avoided. In a book that is supposed to be about forgotten tales of Colorado, some of the stories that Waters chose to include are surprisingly well known. Nearly everyone in Colorado has heard of Alfred Packer at some point. Horace, Augusta, and Baby Doe Tabor have been immortalized in dozens of books, articles, an opera, a movie, and other formats. Thousands of people visit the Mother Cabrini Shrine every year. The story of the bodies still beneath Cheesman Park is almost legendary, and Buffalo Bill and Doc 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.


Forgotten Tales of Colorado | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:08:43 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us Holliday remain larger-than-life figures decades after their deaths. On page 11, Waters writes that she planned to include newspaper headlines whenever possible to prove the validity of the stories in the book. Unfortunately there is a disturbing lack of names, dates, or the hoped-for headlines to verify many of the stories. The book is indeed an entertaining read, and those looking to pass a few hours reading fun stories will certainly enjoy it. For those looking for a more factual take Colorado history, however, this book may not be the best choice. Reviewer Info: David Forsyth is the executive director of the Gilpin Historical Society. He has a PhD degree in history from the University of Colorado Boulder. His articles have appeared in Colorado Heritage and International Bowling Industry, and he is the author of the books Images of America: Black Hawk and Central City (Arcadia Publishing, 2012) and Denvers Lakeside Amusement Park: From the White City Beautiful to a Century of Fun which is forthcoming from the University Press of Colorado.