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Library to Host John Fielder Virtual Author Event
January 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
|Library to Host John Fielder Virtual Author Event
The West Custer County Library is excited to host a Virtual Author Event on January 13th at six p.m. with world famous Colorado photographer John Fielder and author Jeri Norgren. Hear John and Jeri introduce their new book “Colorado’s Highest: The History of Naming the 14,000 Foot Peaks.” This trailblazing new book details the fascinating history of the discovery and naming of our highest peaks. It is a beautiful coffee table book which was just released and features John Fielder’s incredible photographs, Bob Wogrin’s oil paintings as well as historic pen and ink sketches from the 1870’s Hayden survey. The stories of our highest peaks are fascinating – did you know that Mount Evans was not the original name for that magnificent peak? It was christened Mount Rosalie as a romantic gesture and the name stood for 30 years. Jeri and John will be available to answer questions following the presentation. The event is free and is available via zoom, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
John has a history in the Wet Mountain Valley that dates to 1967. Here is what he shared in his email: “In the summer of 1967 I got a job as a ranch hand on Chet Haga’s Naja Ranch on Colfax Lane. My Uncle Fred was CEO of CF&I Steel in Pueblo and knew Chet. At the time I was a junior in high school in Charlotte NC. What a remarkable opportunity for a “city slicker” kid to run cows and quarter horses all summer, and bale hay. Wasn’t there a movie with the same name? Up at 5:30, in bed at nine, six days a week all summer doing what ranch hands do. Got arrested with Mike Haga by Sheriff Stan DePriest for breaking into old mine buildings looking for “girlie” magazines. Chet bailed us out for the price of 14 straight work days on the ranch. Will never forget the views out my bedroom window of the Crestones! In 1972 my cousin Fred Fielder bought the Pines Guest Ranch. I hung out there a lot after moving to Colorado following college graduation in North Carolina. Used the Pines as a base for farm and ranch brokerage from 1972 to 1973. Talked the real estate commission into letting me sit for the broker exam when I was 22 years old. During my career in the department store business in Denver 1973 to 1981, I would practice my photography skills by running up and down the trails into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in order to be at 12,000 feet by sunrise. After I changed careers in 1981, I ultimately visited and photographed every lake in the range on both sides, east and west…Culebra Range and New Mexico’s Sangres too! The Wet Mountain Valley became my “spiritual center” for a long time.”
|Author Jeri Norgren has written fascinating text about how the names were chosen for the fifty-eight highest peaks in Colorado. Norgren extensively researched the early days of mining in Colorado, and the voluminous records of the Hayden Surveys of Colorado in the 1870’s, to write the text.