The fun of working over this old history stuff (and yes! it does matter) is it is like beachcombing, walking back and forth, picking up and turning over what looks like nothing much, and finding: Oh! wow, what about this?
My main charge against Byron Pearson’s history (2 books, 1 cranky anti-environmentalist hypothesis) is that even with the additional 20 years between his first and the re-tread, he still never did the major research he needed to do: No Colorado archives, none from California, none from Washington, and so on. Does that matter? Try this: