Non-Fiction Books
About Colorado

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C is for Centennial: A Colorado Alphabet
by Louise Doak Whitney and Helle Urban (Illustrator), Sleeping Bear Press. Hardcover.
This is a delightfully written and illustrated children's book. One can explore the flora (B is for Blue spruce), fauna (L is for the Lark bunting), history (M is for Mesa Verde), people (T is for Baby Doe Tabor), geography ( D is for the Great Sand Dunes), and spirit (A is for Alpine high) of the Centennial State of Colorado. Interestingly-written facts about our state are on each page. The entire book is an incredible visual treat because of the lovely illustrations by Helle Urban. We were happy to see our favorite animal, the bighorn sheep, gracing the cover. If you are looking for a gift for a visitor or resident of Colorado, young or old, you would do well with this title.

Georgetown: A Quick History
by Kenneth Jessen. Paperback.
True to its name, this is a quick but fascinating history of one of my favorite Colorado mountain towns. Built by people of the gold and silver rushes, it still has many of the structures shown in the photographs. I think it's high time to head up to Georgetown and find some more of these wonderful historic places!

Colorado Gunsmoke: True Stories of Outlaws and Lawmen on the Colorado Frontier
by Kenneth Jessen. Paperback.
The bad boys of Colorado are portrayed in this readable book. It is full of photographs and sketches of Colorado outlaws. Even the "Queen of the Red Light District," Miss Clara Ogden of Lake City, played her part in the history of the state. Or what about Rocky Mountain Jim, who survived a vicious bear attack only to face a double-barreled shotgun only a few years later? Find out the true story of what happened to him and other Colorado legends in this book.
Wanted! Wanted Posters of the Old West
by Barbara Fifer and Martin Kidston. Paperback.
This book is really fun to peruse. Horse stealing, safe blowing, "murder most foul," swindling, and train robbery are just a few of the exploits contained within. Photos of the fugitives can be quite entertaining!

Roof of the Rockies: A History of Colorado Mountaineering
by William M. Bueler. Paperback.

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains
by Isabella Lucy Bird. Paperback.
The Magnificent Mountain Women: Adventures in the Colorado Rockies
by Janet Robertson. Hardcover.
I Looked in the Brook and Saw a Face: Images of Childhood in Early Colorado
by Colorado Historical Society, David N. Wetzel, Mary Ann McNair, Westcliffe Publishers. Hardcover.
Amazing Animals of Colorado: Incredible True Stories
by Gale C. Shirley. Paperback.
Colorado (Welcome to the USA)
by Ann Heinrichs, Matt Kania. Hardcover.
Colorado (Rookie Read-About Geography)
by Ann Heinrichs, Matt Kania. Paperback.
A Kid's Look at Colorado
by Phyllis J. Perry. Paperback.
Chistes: Hispanic Humor of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado
byJohn Nichols, Nasario Garcia. Paperback.
Murder at the Brown Palace: A True Story of Seduction & Betrayal
by Dick Kreck. Paperback.
Pikes Peak: Adventurers, Communities, and Lifestyles
by Sherry Monahan. Paperback.

A fascinating photographic history of the Pike's Peak region, with black-and-white images from the 1800's to the 1940's. It is written by a descendant of a couple who lived in the Colorado Springs area starting in the 1920's (Ivah and Bert Elliott). It's particularly fun to compare the photos to places that one can visit today: the Pikes Peak Road to the summit, Seven Falls, the Broadmoor, Helen Hunt Falls, Garden of the Gods, and more.
I Never Knew That About Colorado: A Quaint Volume of Forgotten Lore
by Abbott Fay. Paperback.
Fire on the Mountain : The True Story of the South Canyon Fire
by John N. Maclean. Hardcover.

Little Britches : Father and I Were Ranchers
by Ralph Moody, Edward Shenton (Illustrator). Paperback.

The autobiography of 8-year-old Ralph Moody, who moved with his family to homestead in Colorado in 1906. A wholesome story that is every bit as wonderful as the Little House on the Prairie series.

Colorado Indians
by Carole Marsh. Hardcover.
Man of the Family
by Ralph Moody, et al. Paperback.
Black Elk : The Sacred Ways of a Lakota
by Wallace H. Black Elk, et al. Paperback.
Doc Susie : The True Story of a Country Physician in the Colorado Rockies
by Virginia Cornell. Mass Market Paperback.
River : One Man's Journey Down the Colorado, Source to Sea
by Colin Fletcher. Paperback.
Soiled Doves: Prostitution in the Early West
by Anne Seagraves. Paperback.

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