A new focus for this blog
While I find Colorado history fascinating, I also find it difficult to blog about, in part because of a dearth of copyright-free images. During the summer of 2014, I photographed the cemetery in my hometown of Rifle, Colorado, and since then I’ve been using free sources (e.g., census records, marriage records, and copyright-free newspapers) to learn more about the people buried in my hometown. I hope that at the very least any readers will find these stories as interesting as I have. I suppose that I also like the idea of inspiring others to do the same with their local cemeteries. Who are the people buried in our hometowns? What did they die from? What did they do when they were alive? The Utes were removed from this part of Colorado after the Meeker Massacre in September, 1879 and the first settler, Abram Maxfield, arrived here in 1883. This gives me a finite number of years to research, and yet there are so many stories. Today I begin the process of sharing those stories with you.