Colorado poet Thomas Hornsby Ferril has captured the time, spirit, and place of nineteenth-century Colorado as well as anyone in the twentieth century. His poem about Central City, “Magenta, ” has already been quoted. In another poem, “Two Rivers, ” he mused about the people who came to Denver and beyond those long years ago.
Most of the time these people hardly seemed to realize they wanted to be remembered, Because the mountains told them not to die.
They did die, as did their era; only the mountains remain as they once were, and puny man changed even them in tiny ways. Most of these people would not be remembered, a fate that mattered little at the time because collectively Teller's generation left a heritage coming generations would expand on into the twenty-first century.
In the photographs that follow, ponder these Coloradans and their era. We will not see their like again.