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Ellison Onizuka

Added by yongli on 01/31/2017 - 10:17, last changed on 01/31/2017 - 10:17
Ellison Onizuka (1946–86) was an astronaut for the US Space Shuttle program who earned degrees at the University of Colorado in Boulder before perishing in the 1986 Challenger shuttle disaster. Onizuka was Colorado’s highest-profile astronaut and is remembered today as an advocate for science...

John C. Frémont

Added by yongli on 08/03/2016 - 15:52, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
John Charles Frémont (1813–90) was an American explorer and cartographer for the US Topographical Engineers who crossed Colorado on various expeditions. Between 1842 and 1853, Frémont led five western expeditions with numerous objectives. He was also involved in the Mexican-American War (1846–48)...

John W. Gunnison

Added by yongli on 08/02/2016 - 16:26, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
John Williams Gunnison (1812–53) was a nineteenth-century US Army officer and explorer. In 1853 he was charged with finding a railroad route across the Rocky Mountains, and while carrying out his mission he explored the Western Slope of Colorado. His expedition moved on to Utah, where he was killed...

Juan Antonio María de Rivera

Added by yongli on 03/01/2016 - 15:44, last changed on 03/16/2017 - 10:16
Juan Antonio María de Rivera (1738–?) was a Spaniard and the first Euro-American to intensively explore the territory that eventually became the state of Colorado. In 1765 he made two trips into western Colorado from New Mexico, traveling as far as the Gunnison River in Delta County. Along the way...

Kit Carson

Added by yongli on 03/14/2016 - 14:16, last changed on 09/09/2016 - 12:35
The remarkable life of Christopher “Kit” Carson (1809–68) represents a broad sweep of Western American history in the early-to-mid nineteenth century. Carson was a Rocky Mountain fur trapper , a guide and scout for the US Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, rancher, Indian agent in New Mexico...

Louis Vasquez

Added by yongli on 10/06/2016 - 16:37, last changed on 12/02/2016 - 17:03
Louis Vasquez (1798–1868) was a fur trapper and mountain man active in Colorado during the 1820s and 1830s. He reportedly constructed Fort Convenience and a hunter’s cabin that predated the majority of settlement in the region. One of the Colorado fur trade ’s more successful trappers, Vasquez is...

Mary Cronin

Added by yongli on 09/21/2016 - 14:04, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
Mary Cronin (1893–1982) was an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) and the first woman to summit each of Colorado’s Fourteeners . Today, Cronin is best known for her accomplishments in the backcountry, and the CMC she helped develop continues its tradition of guiding people into the...

Zebulon Montgomery Pike

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Added by Greg Vogl on 08/14/2014 - 08:45, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
In 1806–7, Captain Zebulon Montgomery Pike (1779-1813) led a US Army expedition to the southwestern reaches of the Louisiana Purchase, including the area that is now Colorado. Along with Lewis and Clark’s famous journey to the Pacific in 1804–6, Pike’s was one of many Jeffersonian-era expeditions...
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