The Magnificent Mountain Women: Adventures in the Colorado Rockies

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Sources and Notes

CHAPTER 1

Sources

I found that Francis Keenlyside, Peaks and Pioneers: The Story of Mountaineering (London: Paul Elek, 1975), was extremely useful in learning about the early history of mountaineering in Europe. For early Colorado mountaineering history, I relied on William M. Bueler, Roof of the Rockies: A History of Mountaineering in Colorado (Boulder: Pruett Publishing Co., 1974) and Bob Godfrey and Dudley Chelton, Climb! (Boulder: Alpine House Publishing, 1977).

Agnes Wright Spring, A Bloomer Girl on Pike’s Peak 1858 (Denver: Denver Public Library, 1949), provided virtually all the background for the biography of Julia Archibald Holmes, supplemented by sources I have cited.

Although most of my information about Addie Alexander came from Colorado newspapers, I also consulted James Willard and Colin Goodykoontz, Colorado Colonization 1866–1872 (Boulder: N.p., 1926).

I relied heavily on Giraud Chester, Embattled Maiden (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1951), to chronicle Anna Dickinson’s life. In addition I used Anna Dickinson’s own book, A Ragged Register (of People, Places and Opinions) (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879); Franklin Rhoda, Summits to Reach: Report on the Topography of the San Juan County ed. Mike Foster (Boulder: Pruett Publishing Co., 1984); various newspapers (all cited); and a copy of a letter from James T. Gardiner.

Source material about Isabella Bird came primarily from her book A Lady’s Lift in the Rocky Mountains (1879; reprint, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1960), from transcripts of her unedited letters to

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction v
  • Contents xi
  • Maps and Illustrations xii
  • Foreword xiii
  • Preface xv
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • Chronology of Colorado Mountain Women xxiii
  • 1 - The First Female Mountain Climbers, 1858—1906 1
  • 2 - Outdoor Sportswomen, 1915–1935 24
  • 3 - The Women’s Park- Virginia Donaghe McClurg and Lucy Peabody 61
  • 4 - The Mountains- A Refuge 73
  • 5 - The Gutsy Lady Botanists 100
  • 6 - The Modern Recreationists 143
  • Epilogue 179
  • Glossary 191
  • Sources and Notes 193
  • Index 209
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