Southeast Colorado Literature

History of the Region


Regional History
Conquistadors to the 21st Century: A History of Otero and Crowley Counties, Colorado. Frances Bollacker Keck. 1999: Otero Press, La Junta CO.
History of Bent County. History of the Arkansas Valley. Charles W. Bowman. 1881: O.L. Baskin, Chicago.
Land of Contrast: A History of Southeast Colorado. Bureau of Land Management, Colorado, Cultural Resources Series #17. Frederic J. Athearn. 1985: Colorado State Office, Bureau of Landmangement, Denver.
Prowers County, Colorado, A Prowers County History. Ava Betz. 1986: Prowers County Historical Society, Lamar CO.
The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, & the Rush to Colorado. Elliott West. 1998: University Press of Kansas, Lawrence KS.

Dust Bowl in Southeast Colorado
Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s. Donald Worster. 1979: Oxford University Press, New York.
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. Timothy Egan. 2006: Houghton Mifflin Company, New York.

Individuals
Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West. Hampton Sides. 2006: Doubleday, New York.
Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story Of George Bent – Caught Between The Worlds Of The Indian And The White Man. David Halaas. 2004: Da Capo Press, Cambridge MA.
Life of George Bent: Written from His Letters. George E. Hyde. 1968: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.
William Bent and his Adobe Empire. Shannon Garst. 1957: Messner, New York.

Bent’s Old Fort
Bent’s Fort. David Lavender. 1972: University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.
Bent’s Fort: Crossroads of Cultures on the Santa Fe Trail. Melvin Bacon. 2002: Filter Press LLC, Palmer Lake CO.
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site. Mark L. Gardner. 1998: Southwest Parks and Monuments Association, Tuscon.

Sand Creek Massacre
Battle at Sand Creek: The Military Perspective. Gregory F. Michno. 2004: Upton & Sons, El Segundo CA.
Black Kettle : The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace but Found War. Thom Hatch. 2004: John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken NJ.
Blood at Sand Creek: The Massacre Revisited. Robert Scott. 1994: Caxton Press, Caldwell ID.
Finding Sand Creek: History, Archeology, And the 1864 Massacre Site. Jerome A. Greene. 2004: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.
Month of the Freezing Moon: The Sand Creek Massacre, November 1864. Duane P. Schultz. 1991: St. Martin’s Press, New York.
Sand Creek. Kevin Cahill. 2005: AuthorHouse.
Sand Creek Massacre. Stan Hoig. 1961: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.
The Massacre at Sand Creek: Narrative Voices (The American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series, Vol 16). Bruce Cutler. 1995: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.
The Sand Creek Massacre: a documentary history, 1865-1867. John M. Carroll. 1985: Amereon Ltd, Mattituck NY.

Santa Fe Trail
Comanche National Grassland: Santa Fe Trail National Historic Trail Routes. USFS. 2006: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service.
Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847. Susan Shelby Magoffin. Editor Stella M. Drumm. 1962: Yale University Press, New Haven.
On the Santa Fe Trail. Marc Simmons. 1986: University Press of Kansas, Lawrence.
Quivera, Europeans in the Region of the Santa Fe Trail, 1540-1820. William Brandon. 1990: Ohio University Press, Athens.
The Santa Fe Trail. R. L. Duffus. 1972: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.
The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends, and Lore. David Dary. 2000: Penguin Books, New York.
The Santa Fe Trail, Yesterday and Today. William E. Hill. 1992: Caxton Press, Caldwell ID.

Native American History
Colorado Plains Prehistoric Context. Jeffrey L. Eighmy. 1984: Colorado Historical Society, Denver.
Indians of the High Plains. George E. Hyde. 1959: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.
Prehistoric Hunters in the High Plains. George C. Frison. 1978: Academic Press, New York.
The Petroglyphs of Southeast Colorado and the Oklahoma Panhandle. Bill McGlone. 1994: Mithras, Incorporated.

Camp Amache and World War II
A legacy of shame: The story of Colorado’s Camp Amache. George Lurie. 1985: G. Lurie.
Amache: The Granada Relocation Center. Tyler Nakashima. 1994: Tyler Nakashima.
Hometown Heroes: Stories and Insights from World War II Veterans from Southeast Colorado. Donna McDonnall. 2006: Heritage Books, Westminster MD.