During the spring of 1858, Colorado’s Front Range area was uncharted and inhabited only by natives. By the close of 1859, one hundred thousand fortune seekers had throughly explored the Front Range, north of Pueblo to the Wyoming border.
In their quest for gold, they left their footprints on the landscape, establishing dozens of settlements and blazing numerous trails, greatly influencing today’s maps.
Wesley Brown has been a collector, student, and author of old maps for
forty years. A Denver resident, he co-founded the Rocky Mountain Map
Society in 1990 and served as its President for its first seven years. He
has also served as the Co-Chairman of the Philip Lee Phillips Society (the
national map and geography society of the Library of Congress), and on
the Council of the Society for the History of Discoveries.
Local History Series presented by Erie Community Library & Erie Historical Society
Contact Melanie at 720.685.5223