Byers & Kellom Hand Book to the Gold Fields


William Byers & John Kellom, Hand Book to the Gold Fields of Nebraska and Kansas. Being a complete Guide to the Gold Regions of the South Platte & Cherry Creek. [Chicago: D.B. Cooke & Co., 1859], Denver 1949. 8tvo. 113 pages plus advertisements. Paper cover. Facsimile in original paper box and with notes by Nolie Mumey.

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One of a series of facsimile editions of various 1859 Pike’s Peak guidebooks produced by Nolie Mumey. Dr. Mumey was a Denver surgeon who authored and produced a substantial series of publications on the history of Denver and the West. He produced a series of 18 facsimiles of the guide books issued at the beginning of the Pike’s Peak gold rush, as well as of the famous “Greeley Report” in the Rocky Mountain News. As the original guides are extremely rare, these are wonderful works of information from these primary sources on the gold rush, often complete with their folding maps. In a number of the volumes of the series, Mumey indicates that 400 copies of each were produced. This volume was by authors who supported the northern route to the gold fields, along the Platte River. A single page map appears at the front. William Byers would soon become the founder of the Rocky Mountain News, the first newspaper in the Pikes Peak region.