Books by Colorado authors about the West, Mexican cooking and more

Books are the Christmas gift that keeps on giving. Below is a list of books about the West, written by Colorado authors.

Weld County by John Felder (John Felder Publishing)

Weld County By John Felder and Peggy Ford Waldo (John Felder Publishing)

John Felder is famous for his mountain portraits. In County Weld it turns around to the plains, showing the beauty of the wonderful vistas and the flora of the dry land. Images range from wildlife to farms to communities. There are shots of lonely abandoned buildings and the Greeley Stampede. Most adorable of all: Pawnee Buttes. The text is from Peggy Ford Waldo, who died in April.

“Boom and Bust Colorado,” Written by Thomas J. Noel and William J. Hansen (to dot)

Not all Christmas offers are lukewarm. Thomas J. Noel and William J. Hansen look at Colorado’s history through the state’s boom and bust cycles. The first was the gold rush. Then came the silver rush, which collapsed when the federal government adopted the gold standard and stopped subsidizing silver. The ups and downs in the economy have continued to this day with what the authors call the COVID crash, “the most severe and fastest economic crash in (Colorado) history.”

Becoming Colorado (University of Colorado Press)

“Becoming Colorado,” Written by William Wee (University of Colorado Press)

William Wee tells the history of 100 Colorado artifacts, from the point of Folsom’s Spear to Crooks. Each artifact is accompanied by a lengthy description of the item and its place in Colorado history. This includes rifles belonging to serial killers from the 1860s, the Espinosa Brothers; President Dwight D. Eisenhower “Ike” jacket; The 1861 Baby Doe Hairstyle of the 1st Regiment of the Colorado Volunteers; and Colorado leather license plate No.

“Colorado Curiosities”, By Cindy Brick (History Press)

Colorado is full of weird stories, and Cindy Brick tells dozens of them in this book. There’s Rattlesnake Kate, who killed 140 rattlesnakes with the No Hunting mark, then turned some skins into a dress. Other today’s oddities include the year 1905 in which Colorado had three different governors. She writes about the alleged ghosts at the Gaetano restaurant, favored by the “old mafia” in Denver. And what happened to Tom’s Baby, the largest gold nugget ever found in Colorado?

mike file, By Stephen Trimble (Little Bound Books)

In 1976, The Denver Post published a story about a disabled man who died alone in the filthy “personal care” facility on Capitol Hill. The man, who died two days ago, was the older half-brother of author Stephen Trimble.

Mike was the result of a short violent marriage. His mother later married a loving man who considered Mike his son. Both parents tried to deal with Mike’s disabilities, diagnosed as “retarded,” epilepsy and other mental illnesses. Mike was in and out of establishments and finally turned his back on his family and lived on the streets.

Stephen tells the story of Mike against the backdrop of the treatment of the mentally ill and his family’s attempts to give the boy a decent life. Most heartbreaking was Stephen’s realization of the loneliness and sense of abandonment he felt for his brother.

William O. Collins By Brian Carroll (Old Army Press)

Fort Collins is named after Lt. Col. William O. Collins and Casper, Wyo. , about his son, whose name has already been spelled Caspar. Both men served in the army at Fort Laramie during the Civil War. This Collins family biography goes back to the days of the Revolutionary War.

Treasures of the Mexican Table (Mariner)

“Treasures of the Mexican Table,” Written by Patti Jenich (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Award-winning chef Patti Jenich is putting together a book on Mexican specialties to tempt the taste buds away from the traditional ham and fruitcake at Christmas. She collected recipes from Mayan huts to big city markets, and tested them all in her home kitchen. There are little-known recipes as well as new dishes of tacos and burritos, and all of the dishes are nicely illustrated.

“Powder Days” By Heather Hansmann (Hanover Square Press)

Snowboarding has been around since day one of snowboarding. Ski enthusiasts, many of whom are college graduates, flock to the ski areas, working two or three low-paying jobs and sleeping in cheap lodgings, just to spend their time on the slopes.

Writer Heather Hansman has been one of them for 20 years. She now returns to Aspen, Jackson Hole and the top-rated resorts to revisit in their earlier years. Not much has changed, except that jobs pay less, which makes it harder for districts to find employees, and harder to find low-cost housing. In addition to skating and connecting with old friends, Hansmann writes about the gap between rich and poor that has made it more difficult than ever to live as a skateboarder.

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