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Estes Park Beginnings retail $14.95, 96 pages, 10" x 8", ISBN 978-1-928656-08-1
Although American Indians have seasonally occupied the Estes park valley for over 10,000 years, Joel Estes and his family were the first permanent settlers. He constructed a modest cabin along Fish Creek. As other settlers arrived, a village formed at the confluence of the Big Thompson and Fall Rivers. Estes Park Beginnings illustrates the very earliest views of the area leading to the formation of the Town of Estes Park.
Colorado's Strangest $14.95, 240 pages, 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, ISBN 0-928656-04-8
This is Jessen's bestselling book and contains forty-two short stories covering the bizarre and unusual. Colorado's Strangest is a humorous look at the state's history and appeals to both young and old alike. It includes classic stories like the cannibal Alferd Packer, Colorado's con man Soapy Smith, Nikola Tesla's lighting lab, a burro named Prunes and Leadville’s ice palace. Colorado's Strangest is well illustrated with maps and photographs.
Rocky Mountain National Park Pictorial History retail $19.95, 1st printing, 160 pages, 10" x 8", ISBN 978-1-928656-06-7
This look at the history of Rocky Mountain National Park includes all of the commercial developments that once took place within its spectacular mountain setting. It will surprise many that there was once an extensive logging industry as well as a number of mines. Lodges and cottages for rent once dotted the meadows. Today, the park has been restored back to nature.
The Great Western Railway retail $24.95, 160 pages, 8" x 10", ISBN 978-1-928656-05-0
The Great Western Railway was a subsidiary of the Great Western Sugar Company designed to bring freshly harvest sugar beets in from the fields of north-central Colorado to selected sugar factories for processing. With such a specialized purpose, it is a tribute to this short line that it still survives today. Illustrated with over 190 maps and photographs, this book has proven itself a delight to rail fans and history buffs.
Ghost Towns: Eastern Colorado $29.95, 624 pages, 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, ISBN 978-1-928656-07-4
Nearly 1,000 abandoned sites in Eastern Colorado are documented in Ghost Towns, Eastern Colorado. In its 624 pages, this book covers a vast land area where there were once stage stations, military forts, thriving cow towns and numerous agricultural communities. With over 500 photographs, illustrations and maps, this book is a guide to this lesser known character of Colorado.
Ghost Towns, Colorado Style Volume Three
$29.95 632 pages 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" ISBN:0-9611662-4-x
The third volume of Ghost Towns, Colorado Style covers the southern region and includes 289 town histories. It is illustrated with over 150 detailed maps and over 230 historic and contemporary photographs. Custer, Fremont, Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Saguache, Hinsdale, Mineral, Ouray, San Juan, Dolores, Montezuma, San Miguel, La Plata, Huerfano and Las Animas Counties are in this volume.
Ghost Towns, Colorado Style Volume Two $29.95, 616 pages, 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, ISBN 0-9611662-9-0
The second volume of Ghost Towns, Colorado Style covers the central mountain region and includes 250 town histories. It is illustrated with over 80 detailed maps and over 225 historic and contemporary photographs. Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, Lake, Park, Teller, Chaffee and Gunnison counties are included.
Ghost Towns, Colorado Style Volume One - Revised Edition
$29.95 508 pages 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" ISBN: 0-9611662-8-2
This is part of the most complete ghost town guide ever published on Colorado. The first of three volumes covers the northern region of the Colorado mountains and includes over 150 town histories. To guide the reader to various sites, there are 60 detailed maps. The stories of these old towns are illustrated with 220 historic and contemporary photographs. Moffat, Routt, Larimer, Grand, Boulder, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties are included.
Books by Kenneth Jessen
Colorado’s Best Ghost Towns
$19.95 144 pages 8" x 10" ISBN: 978-1-928656-09-8
This is a pictorial look using four-color images of the 105 best ghost towns in the state along with a vignette that presents a brief history of each abandoned place. This books is divided into areas and maps indicate the location of each ghost town along with GPS coordinates.