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BC: Photo of Ute Chief Tushaquinot, taken by W.H. Jackson in 1874 | Back cover of the original book, Perry Park of Colorado

FC: Pathways of Perry Park | 1870 - 2010 William H. Jackson Pati Palumbo | 1870 - 2010 | W. H. Jackson - Pati Palumbo

2: William Henry Jackson is known as America's pioneer photographer. He was a man of great energy and love for the outdoors, especially the beauty and solitude of the mountains. Jackson took pictures of Perry Park in the early 1870's. At that time he worked for the Hayden Survey which was a federally funded expedition that combed the west to map, study and document plant and animal life for congress. While roaming the width and breadth of the Perry Park valley, he scrambled up rock walls, and explored some of the most remote regions of this area. Perching his camera on rock ledges and balancing in precarious spots, Jackson managed to capture in his photographs some of the most unusual and dynamic rock formations of the front range. His assistant helped him transport all his equipment on horseback, they even carried a portable dark room so that Jackson could develop his pictures and check his work before leaving a location. If you look closely at the some of his photos you can find the assistant, usually sitting on a horse. | Pati Palumbo was born and raised in Kansas. She moved to Colorado in 1975 to begin her first year of teaching in Estes Park. That is where she fell in love with the mountains. The call of wild places came rather naturally to her, one of her favorite pastimes is hiking in the wilderness. Pati, her husband Mike, and three children moved to Perry Park Ranch in 1994. She was a school teacher for 33 years before retiring in 2009. For most of her teaching years she taught in the elementary classroom. The last ten years she taught geology and physics. When she retired she took on the project of re-photographing this historical story of Perry Park. She hunted, hiked and biked for a year and a half to find each picture and attempted to capture the exact perspective of the pictures by W.H. Jackson. Many of the perspectives were impossible to achieve because of the growth of enormous trees. Pati was inspired by the work of John Fielder and his rephotographing of W.H. Jackson's photos. She took classes from Fielder and consulted with him on the production on this book. | The Photos | Copyright 2010 Pati Palumbo All Rights Reserved No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the permission from the author. This publication may be obtained by logging onto www.pathwaysofperrypark.com Printed in the USA | "Pati Palumbo's Perry Park then & now book is a fine continuation of the genre of repeat photography projects, and Perry Park is one of Colorado's scenic gems!" ....John Fielder, author of Colorado 1870-2000

3: Pathways of Perry Park There are places in the mountains so beautiful, they defy the written word. Perry Park is one of those. This book represents the grandeur of a hidden valley, tucked into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This park is referred to as one of the best kept secrets of Colorado, displaying a panorama of towering ponderosa pines, spruce and fir. Most prominent though are the awe-inspiring red rock outcroppings of Pennsylvanian and Permian period sandstones and shales that have beckoned so many to examine its wonders and dwell within its ageless beauty. The primal pathways of Perry Park consisted of deer trails, wild turkey runs, mountain lion and bear trails. Later, upon these same paths came the footprints of the first humans to venture into this wilderness. Most seeking sustenance needed for survival, others seeking to establish territory for their tribes. There is evidence that the Ute and Kiowa were the first arrivals, followed by the Arapahoe and Cheyenne. The next humans to arrive created paths with destinations, or were simply pursuing adventure. The landscape of the area changed dramatically from the time of those first human footprints. The scene went from smoke trails and tipis to a world of roofs, ascending on the peaceful valley. The pathways suddenly changed directions, widened and multiplied to accommodate horses, wagons and stage coaches. Eventually the pathways made other dramatic transformations. Today they are asphalt roads and boulevards with motorized vehicles traversing over them, electrical, cable, and telephone lines traveling parallel to them, as well as lofty highways above them with jet airplanes, space shuttles, and satellites sending signals that transport cell phone, broadband internet and high definition television data at lightening speeds. The pathways of Perry Park have undergone tremendous change and development, one can only imagine what the images of the next century will bring ...... what will change, what will remain the same? Pati Palumbo

4: Perry Park of Colorado - Published in 1890 The original book is believed to be a publication promoting Perry Park, inviting the public to buy property for summer recreational use in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

5: W.H. Jackson called this majestic formation "The Entrance to Perry Park". | A view from the 18th island fairway of Perry Park Country Club. | "Perry's Park takes rank among the finest scenery of Colorado" quote from Isabella Bird, 1873.

7: "The Vale of Cashmere" is now called the "Big D" because of its geographical shape. | The Valley of Baghdad

9: The Washington Monument is now called "Sentinel Rock" The Haystacks are part of the present day "Haystack Ranch".

11: This Green and Silent Valley is now a beautifully manicured golf course.

15: Many of the rock formations have not changed, but to get the exact perspective that W.H.Jackson had is impossible to recreate because of the growth of large ponderosa pine trees.

17: There are no pathways to these sandstone rock formations that are hidden in the back country of Perry Park. You must make your own paths, as W.H. Jackson did one hundred and forty years ago.

19: Cascading waterfalls of Bear Creek. | Known in 2010 as Darth Vader Rock.

23: Known in 2010 as Indian Head Rock. | Camel Mountain

27: The Vale of Cashmere was named after a chapter in an 1817 epic poem by Thomas Moore called Lalla Rookh. This section of the poem described the beautiful valley of Kasmire in India. There is a portion of Prospect Park in Brooklyn N.Y. that is a beautiful sunken garden. It is also named The Vale of Cashmere.

28: All 1870 photos by William Henry Jackson All 2010 photos by author Book composition by author and Jeni Pottenger Photo of Mr. Jackson courtesy of Denver Public Library, Western History Photo archives Photo of Mrs. Alda Pottenger courtesy of Mr. Kelsey Pottenger Includes historical references from The Perry Park Story by Ardis Web Includes bibliographical references from Colorado 1870-2000, by John Fielder | This book is dedicated in loving memory of Mrs. Alda Pottenger who gifted the original book of Perry Park to our family when her grandson, Chad Pottenger married our daughter Jeni. Alda's mother, Minnie Metzler, whose family homesteaded in the Castle Rock area in 1871 passed the book down to her. The Metzler family loved to hike and picnic in Perry Park. There are many pictures in their family albums of their outings to this beautiful valley. Alda's gift made this whole project possible. This book will be passed on to Alda's great grandson's Bransen and Bryce Pottenger.

29: Thank Yous ! I want to thank the following people who allowed me to roam through their property, climb on their rocks, and use their decks in order to obtain some these photos; Dale and Brenda Merritt, Hugh and Bonnie Hebert, Terry and Valerie Draper, Lou and Terry Lefkowitz. I would also like to thank the following people for donning their hiking boots and camelbacks to help me explore the back country. I felt very secure having these friends along as we ventured in to the habitats of the mountain lion and bear who share their homes with all of us in Perry Park; Brady and Mandy Mercer, Dale Merritt, Tom Sholes, Diane Wells, Terry Oettle, Mike and Matt Palumbo. I would especially like to thank my son Matt for his help in finding these rock formations. I appreciate his keen eye for spotting these rocks from a distance as we hiked and biked all over Perry Park, as well as his ability to pick out the exact spot where Jackson stood to take his photos. I also want to thank my husband Mike for all his support, from driving and hiking around Perry Park to believing in me and my project. Next I want to thank my daughter Jeni for her hours of help in working with my photos, helping with my brochures, and the design and composition of this book. I would also like to thank my daughter Kallie for her support and technical advice. The tremendous enjoyment and pleasure I got from creating this book is irreplaceable, I only hope that someday in another century someone will find my book in an attic and be inspired to rephotograph this mystic valley.

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