Ute Chief Ouray was important in early Colorado history, working to
moderate the inevitable conflicts between the Utes, original
'owners" of much of Colorado, and the flood of incoming white
miners, ranchers and settlers. The Colorado Historical Society
appropriately has a museum honoring Ouray; the county, city and
mountain in Colorado named for Ouray further demonstrate his
importance. This book depicts the Chief as seen by the Indian
agents, Territorial Governors, and others who actually knew and
wrote about him. The activities of Porter Nelson in Colorado,
particularly of a business nature, are spelled out here more fully
than in Houston's bare-bones chronology, "The Battle Over Silver:
Porter Nelson in Aspen," published by the Professional Press in
Porter Nelson came to Colorado only after Ouray's death, but
Nelson's activities were constrained by what had happened to Ouray
and his Utes. Linking, as this book does, the story of a Colorado
Indian leader with that of a not atypical white settler arguably
results in a broader, double-barreled portrayal of Colorado in the
late 1800's and early 1900's.
This book is the result of years of Houston research into
primary sources, at the National Archives in Washington and at
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