John Gregory Country: Place Names and History of Ralston Buttes Quadrangle, Jefferson County, Colorado. | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/john-gregory-country-place-names-and-history-ralston-buttes-quadrangle-jefferson-county[12/7/2015 3:38:52 PM] Home John Gregory Country: Place Names and History of Ralston Buttes Quadrangle, Jefferson County, Colorado.John Gregory Country: Place Names and History of Ralston Buttes Quadrangle, Jefferson County, Colorado.Submitted by nwharton on 1-29-2014 06:26 AMAuthor: Charles and Mary Ramstetter Publishing: Golden, CO: C Lazy Three Press, Golden, 2013. 340 pages, index, photographs, maps. Reviewer: Alan Culpin John Gregory Country is a fascinating microhistory of a small but historically significant area of Colorado. Its focus is on the area of the route that John Gregory, the man most responsible for the discovery of gold in the Black Hawk and Central City region, took to get from what became Golden to Black Hawk. Many people assume the route followed Clear Creek out of Golden. It did not. It went up to the entrance to what is Golden Gate Canyon road, and pursued a meandering course through the hills and valleys on its way to Black Hawk. This book thus takes its own meandering course through the history of this surprisingly vibrant region. The journey includes towns like Golden, Golden Gate City, Glencoe, Murphyville, and Rocky Mountain City; hills like Belcher, Bowser, Dory, Guy; and mountains like Mounts Tom, Enter, and Douglasall of which provide guidance through the various routes and toll roads, cemeteries, mines, parks, railroads, schools, stage stops, Indian trails, and other Items of Interest. This tome details the lives of the many people who lived and worked in the area. Family names like the Kochs, Pearces, Boyles, Harts, Chases, Strangs, Whites, and yes, Ramstetters, and many more populate the landscape. Ranchers, stage stop workers, hotel staffs and owners, and of course, miners flooded the region after Gregorys discovery of gold in what is known as Gregory Gulch on May 6, 1858. As you drive that area today, on mostly hard-surfaced roads, it is difficult to imagine the challenges that faced oxand mule-drawn wagons following narrow trails and oncoming traffic up and down incredibly steep hills. People died as a result of a slight misstep or driving too close to the edge. Wagons broke down, and you can imagine what fun jacking up a wagon on a steep hill must have been. When the Colorado Central Railroad came, carving its narrow-gauge route from Golden to Black Hawk, the pace of life changed, and slowly the area became ranching and farming country. The Ramstetters have covered the terrain with a rich history of stories, people, and places that played an important role in Colorado history. This book is wonderfully illustrated with high-quality photographs and maps that add dimension to an important work. Reviewer Info: A lan Culpin was born in Taipei, Formosa, educated at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, England, and the University of ColoradoBoulder where he earned BA and MA degrees in western American history. He 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 AmericanKatherine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics of America the Beautiful after an awe-inspiring trip to the top of Pikes Peak in 1893.
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