The Jefferson County Historical Society will proudly host historian and author, Christine Bradley, and her presentation entitled “Historic Wagon Roads to Interstate Highway: Routes to Riches” on Saturday March 19, 2016 at 1 pm. Ms. Bradley makes history come alive with her extensive knowledge and access to archives that brings to life the evolution of the routes that miners and settlers traveled in the 1850s westward through Jefferson Territory.
As present-day travelers, it is often difficult to imagine horse drawn wagons and miners with push carts traversing what we now know to be the I-70 corridor, Turkey Creek Canyon and Clear Creek Canyon. This presentation will prove to be a very worthwhile and educational experience that will explain why and when these roads were established.
Beginning in 1975, Christine authored William A. Hamill, published by the CSU Extension Service; in 1976 she co-authored Guide to the Georgetown Silver Plume Historic District with Walt Borneman and Cynthia Neeley and in 2005 she wrote The Rise of the Silver Queen: Georgetown, Colorado 1859-1896 with Liston Leyendecker and Duane Smith. Christine and co-authors were presented with the Clark Spence Award for the best book relating to mining history by the Mining History Association.
Ms. Bradley has worked as the County Archivist for Clear Creek County since 1988 and holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and an M.A. degree in History.
This worthwhile presentation will be held at the Timbervale Barn, behind the Hiwan Homestead Museum at Timbervale Drive and Meadow Drive in Evergreen, with parking available at the museum lot. This event is open to the public, light refreshments will be served and admission of a voluntary donation is encouraged. Plan on joining new friends and co-members of JCHS at this event that promises to inform and entertain.