A History of Chaffee County Schools: 1860-1986 — Colorado State University Extension in Chaffee County has graciously agreed to let the Salida Library place this book online. Please credit Colorado State University Extension Homemakers if using in a publication or a reproduction.

Richard Carroll Collection – copies of 15 statements of Chaffee County pioneers compiled by Salida resident Richard Eaton Carroll (1901-1987) whose research was done as part of a Civil Works Administration (CWA) project during the Great Depression. These CWA Pioneer Interviews are part of a much larger New Deal Project collection held by History Colorado. To read more of the hundreds of interviews recorded through this CWA project, search for “CWA Pioneer Interviews” in their catalog:

Letters by William Dulles, Jr. – copies of letters written by Dulles to his father, Rev. John W. Dulles. William traveled from Philadelphia to central Colorado (particularly Poncha Springs and Bonanza) in 1881. Letters are notable for their homespun quality and succinct viewpoint.

Charles Rush’s Memories of Leadville and Vicinity — grandfather of Bob Rush, Charles Rush was an engineer for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad and was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

Fred L. Bateman’s History of Salida — the owner of Bateman’s Hardware wrote a serial for The Salida Mail in 1934.

Mabel Hulse’s History of Salida — narrative given by Mabel D. Hulse at the January 14, 1947 meeting of the Literature, Music and Art Department of the Tuesday Evening Club at the request of Mrs. Bessie M. Shewalter, who had charge of the program “Remember When? Early Days of Chaffee County.”

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Bessie Shewalter’s Remember When — an account of the early days in Chaffee County.

The Lago-Salida Connection: Pioneers from Lago to Salida – documents the journey of many Laghitans who emigrated to Salida from Lago from 1885 to 1920. Written by Dr. Francesco Gallo.

Early Days of Chaffee County – statements by pioneers of Salida and surrounding areas:

T.J. Thompson

Mrs. Elizabeth Harrington

M.N. Jordan

John Mundlein

Hugh Boon

Arthur Hutchinson

Arthur Hutchinson – second statement

History of the Cochetopa National Forest — Fred Agee was the Forest Supervisor for the Cochetopa National Forest (now broken into San Isabel, Gunnison, and Rio Grande National Forests) and wrote a history of Chaffee County and the surrounding areas back in the early 1920s. These articles were published in The Salida Mail in serial format.

Forestry Service Builds Camp for Tourists at Monarch Park

Diary of T.J. Hampson — typescript copy of Thomas Jefferson Hampson’s diary from Salida, Colo., Sept. 9, 1894, to Velasco, Tex., Dec. 21, 1894.

Salida: published by Council and Citizens of Salida, Colo. (1886) — Hathitrust edition.

History of Chaffee County (part of History of the Arkansas Valley, 1881) — Hathitrust edition.

The Founding of Salida, Colorado — by Richard Carroll. Article from Colorado Magazine, July 1934. Vol. XI, No.4.

Salida Steam Plant — brief history and architectural survey of the old electrical plant, built by Salida Light and Power Company.

The New Rocky Mountain Tourist: Arkansas Valley and San Juan Guide — by J.G. Pangborn, 1878. Google Books edition.

Chaffee County Historic Resources Survey, 2011-2013 – Final Survey Report prepared for Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and the Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board. (pdf document)

Southern Colorado: Historical and Descriptive of Fremont and Custer Counties with Their Principal Towns — Hathitrust edition.

Memorials — Notable deaths and tragedies that occurred in or near Salida.


Cornerstone laying ceremony, 1908

Salida Library History

The Tuesday Evening Club – the organization that founded the Salida Library.

William Penn Harbottle – one of the Salida Library’s first supporters.

Salida Archive Articles — printed in the Mountain Mail

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