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Photograph Collection

The collections of the Boulder Historical Society, now known as the Boulder History Museum make up the bulk of the earliest collected photographs at Carnegie. This collection was placed at the Library in 1986 and documents early day life in Boulder. Many other collections, donated to the library after it opened in 1983, make up well over 200,000 images of Boulder county that have been cataloged and can be copied for use by researchers. Photographs, slides, glass-plate negatives, stereo views, and film, dating from the 1850s to the present, are used to document Boulder county's past. All black and white and color photographs in our collection are available for reproduction. If you are looking for a specific picture, please e-mail, phone or write us.

The library accepts single photographs, or boxes of donated materials which chronicle Boulder's history.  Photographs of individuals, families, houses, businesses, trips into the foothills, or any other photographs that can help to document life in Boulder and Boulder county are welcome. Individuals, families, clubs, organizations or businesses are encouraged to donate materials to the library to preserve and enhance Boulder's collective memory.

Many of the photographs in our collection have been digitized. If the photo you want has been digitized, it will appear on the screen with the cataloging record. Click to view all of our photographs that have been digitized. They are arranged by collection and then by topic.

Boulder County has had many different photographers documenting history over the past 150 years. View a listing of Boulder County photographers [PDF].

Collections of Photographs in the Archive

Albums. Collection 206

This collection contains 1,558 photographs covering a range of Boulder County (Colo.) portraits and scenic views, and other photos that were with the A. A. Paddock collection of photograph albums. Box 1 contains 634 tintypes, ca. 1890s. Most of the photos in box 2 are portraits, including photos collected by Boulder fire Chief Emil Johnson. Box 3 has portraits and views. Box 4 contains more Boulder views, most of them taken by J.B. Sturtevant. Most of the 1,558 photos in this collection are identified. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Allenspark. Collection 508

This collection of 8 boxes arranged by subject covers the history of Allenspark to the present.
Box 1
- John & Ella McCollister photograph collection.
Box 2
- Allenspark people.
Box 3
- Allenspark people, groups, and recreation.
Box 4 - Views of Allenspark area.
Box 5
- Churches, schools, and businesses.
Box 6
- Allenspark Collection Contact Sheets.
Box 7
- Empty box for future photographic additions to the collection.
Box 8
- Display board photographs
Box 9 - Display board photographs.

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Andrews, Darwin. Collection 538

This collection contains photographs of wildflowers, trees and other plants arranged alphabetically by botanical plant name. Views of Colorado mountains and lakes and other geographical features are arranged by location into Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado and miscellaneous views. Photographs of Rockmont Nursery and the Darwin Andrews family, in-laws and relatives are also included.

Photographs of snapshot quality taken by Darwin Andrews [see biography below] of wildflowers, plants and trees native to the Rocky Mountain region. Some of these photos were used to illustrate his Rockmont Nursery seed catalogs. Collection also includes views of Rockmont Nursery, Boulder, Boulder County and surrounding regions as well as family photographs of the Darwin Andrews family, Samuel R. Wheeler family, relatives and friends.

There is also an oversize portrait of Herbert N. Wheeler located in 538-O-1. Wheeler was the son of Rev. Samuel Wheeler, the first pastor of Boulder's Seventh Day Baptist Church, and the co-discoverer (with Darwin Andrews, a brother-in-law) that the ice mass on Arapaho Peak was indeed a glacier.

Darwin Andrews was a horticulturist and the owner of Rockmont Nursery from approximately 1899-1937. Rockmont Nursery was located in Boulder on the corner of 23rd Street and Bluebell. Andrews specialized in collecting and cultivating native plants from the Rocky Mountain region. He ran a world-wide mail order business selling native plants and wildflower seeds.

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Bluebird Cottage and Bluebird Lodge: 75 photographs. Collection 211

Photographs of the Bluebird Cottage in Boulder, and the Bluebird Lodge in Gold Hill, Colorado. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Boulder County Towns: 685 photographs. Collection 213

is a photographic record of Boulder County communities on the plains and in the mountains, covering a century from the 1870s up through the 1970s. Box 1. Altona-Gold Hill -- Box 2. Jamestown-Marshall -- Box 3. Nederland-Springdale -- Box 4. Sugar Loaf-Ward -- Box 5. Oversized. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Boulder Public Library Foundation. Collection 703

This collection consists of one box of photographs of buildings, parks, and sites in the city and county of Boulder which are in the process of development or change. Funding for these photographs was provided by the Boulder Public Library Foundation.

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Boulder Views: 490 photographs. Collection 208

This collection is a photographic record of the way Boulder looked, covering a century from the earliest known photo taken in 1865 through the 1960s, as recorded in panoramic views. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Chamber of Commerce. Collection 504

This collection is comprised of 2,120 photographs arranged by event. Photographs are of activities and events sponsored by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, including the annual Arapaho Glacier hike, Christmas festivities, 4th of July fireworks, the Pow Wow, Boulder's centennial, new industries, and the building of the Denver-Boulder turnpike.

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Churches and Congregations: 254 photographs. Collection 209

This collection is a photographic record of churches and their congregations in Boulder County, covering nearly a century from the 1870s through 1965. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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City of Boulder Finance Department Central Files. Collection 511

This collection contains 2037 photographs dealing with various aspects of Boulder city government. Included are aerial photographs of parts of town, and functions of various departments, such as water, parks and recreation, fire, police, and streets, and bond issue election information. Also the flood and wind storm of 1968.

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City and County Government. Collection 226

This collection is a photographic record of Boulder's City and County Government.

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Civilian Conservation Corps: 19 photographs. Collection 229

Photographs of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Boulder County, including views of the camps in which the men lived, and the projects on which they worked: Chapman Drive, Flagstaff Road, American Legion Park, and the Amphitheatre. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Colorado Chautauqua Association: 120 photographs. Collection 212

This collection is a photographic record the Colorado Chautauqua Association and Chautauqua Park, from its beginnings in 1898 through the 1970s. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Colorado Daily newspaper Photographs. Collection 520

This collection consists of 1,981 photographs taken by Colorado Daily photographers to illustrate newspaper stories. They are primarily portraits of students and faculty at the University of Colorado. These photographs were taken from the late 1960s up to 1990.

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Downtown Boulder Mall. Collection 517

This collection consists of 154 photographs of the downtown Boulder business area on Pearl Street prior to, during and after the construction of the Downtown Boulder Mall. The construction of the Downtown Mall took place between October 1975 and April 1976.

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East Boulder County: 353 photographs. Collection 214

This collection is a photographic record of farms, crops, oil fields, locations and life on the plains in Boulder County, covering the 1870s through the 1970s. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Eldorado Springs Historical Society. Collection 701

This collection consists of 2 boxes of photographs taken of Eldorado Springs in the 1950s including the resort area. The second box is photographs taken by Laura Chesebro.

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Floods: 387 photographs. Collection 225

This collection is a photographic record of floods in Boulder and Boulder County, beginning with the flood of 1894, up through 1969. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Greenman, Ernest. Collection 143

This collection consists of 545 photographs of hikes, camping trips, and other outings of the Rocky Mountain Climbers Club between 1916 and 1922. Very few of the hikers are identified. This collection is on permanent loan from the Boulder Historical Society. The club was founded in 1898 as the Chautauqua Climbers Club, and in 1908 changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Climbers Club.

Ernest Greenman came to Boulder with his mother, Louise H. Greenman, and his sisters Nellie and Ethel, in 1896. His brothers Elbert and Alfred had already come to Boulder in 1890 and were in business. For further biographical information, see coll. BHS 316, Greenman Stores Company records.

Ernest "Dad" Greenman and his wife, Irmin, joined the Rocky Mountain Climbers Club in 1913. He worked on the preparation of hiking trails, planting apple trees in Gregory Canyon, posting warning signs, and other related work. According to Laurence T. Paddock, Greenman was seen hiking in the Chautauqua area as late as 1959, carrying a shovel to "help repair the trails." [Part of the Boulder Historical Society collection]

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Groups and Organizations: 218 photographs. Collection 221

This collection is a photographic record of men's and women's clubs and organizations; musical, drama, business groups, conventions, and other affiliations in Boulder, Colo. from 1876 through the 1940s. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Haertling, Charles. Collection 706

This collection contains 108 photographs of buildings designed and built by Boulder architect Charles Haertling.

Charles A. Haertling moved to Boulder in 1953 after graduating from the Washington University School of Architecture. He taught at the University of Colorado School of Architecture from 1953 until 1957. In 1957 he went into private practice. Many of the homes and buildings he designed can be viewed on the Haertling Foundation website.

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Historic Buildings: 3,265 photographs. Collection 207

This collection is a photographic record of houses, buildings, and other structures in Boulder, covering a century from the 1870s up through the 1970s. Boxes 27-29 are currently being organized and do not appear in the computer catalog. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Hospitals and Health. Collection 223

This collection is a photographic record of the hospitals and sanatoriums in Boulder County. The first box contains 118 photographs, in 48 folders, that document the Boulder-Colorado Sanitarium's history during the period 1896 to 1957. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Jones, Forrest. Collection 142

This collection contains photographs of the Jones family of Sunshine, Colo., their houses and ranch in Sunshine, the town of Sunshine, the mines in and around Sunshine, and the two Sunshine school buildings with students grouped in front. John E. Jones, his wife Mary Ann Thomas Jones and their sons Edward T. and Johnnie E. Jones emigrated to the United States from Wales in 1867. They first went to Blackhawk where they worked as miners in the gold mines. After an accident incapacitated him, John Jones moved his family to Sunshine, where they took up ranching. Edward married Emily Ella Mayne in 1888 and Forrest was born at Sunshine in 1897. [Part of the Boulder Historical Society collection]

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Kneeland, Ira. Collection 540

This collection contains one box of 150 photographs taken by Ira Kneeland [see biography below] of his family, friends, and various locations around Boulder County and Denver. Many photographs are of the town of Marshall, where coal mining took place.

"Ira Kneeland was born before the Civil War in Vermont. His father was disabled in the war and when Ira was seventeen; his father received a $500 payment from the government. With the money they bought a photography kit and Ira supported the family as an itinerate photographer and carpenter.

After the war, the family moved west, stopping in many places until they arrived in the Boulder area. The family background was New England Puritan, but somewhere along the line they became dedicated Socialists. Sometime during the period they were living in Colorado, Ira came in contact with a socialist colony near Topolabampo, Mexico and convinced his family to join him in Mexico and he returned to Colorado and they left for Mexico in November 1893.

He was the official photographer for the Colony in Mexico. Hundreds of photographs he took in Mexico are part of a special collection in the Fresno State University Library, having to do with the colony in Mexico. The last of the family to leave Mexico was my grandmother, my mom, and her younger brother.

Ira had gone deaf in Mexico and his youngest sister promised their mother that she would always look after Ira. Ira and his sister homesteaded 1100 acres of mountain land in eastern Fresno County and they lived there together until they died on successive days in the 1940's."
- Written in 2000 by Cyril Gabriel, the grandson of Ira Kneeland's sister.

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Mines and Mills: 1305 photographs arranged by name of mine or mill. Collection 219

This collection is a photographic record of mines and miners in Boulder County, covering a century from the 1870s through the 1970s. Included are gold, silver, tungsten and coal mines both in the mountains and on the plains. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Mountain Scenery: 1820 photographs. Collection 215

This collection is a photographic record of scenery in the Rocky Mountains of Boulder County, from the 1870s through the 1970s. One box contains oversize photos. Arrangement: alphabetically by locale. Boulder Canyon -- Boulder Falls -- Mountains -- Lakes -- Recreation -- Barker Dam -- Roads -- Streams -- Falls -- Scenery not in Boulder County. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Nelson, Janice Snow. Collection 707

This collection, taken by Myron Snow, contains studio portraits, snapshots of scenery and large mounted prints hung in exhibits. They were taken mostly in Boulder and Colorado. Boxes 6-9 contain oversized photos.
Box 1
. People
Box 2. Landscapes. Apache Peak, Arapaho Glacier, Brainerd Lake, Crater Lake, Fair Glacier, Lake Isabelle, Lone Eagle Peak, Mary's Lake, and Mount Audubon.
Box 3
. Landscapes, mostly Longs Peak
Box 4
. Landscapes, Boulder foothills, aerial views, trees
Box 5
. Construction photos, Boulder views
Box 6
. People
Box 7
. Still lifes, animals, buildings
Box 8
. Outdoor scenes in winter
Box 9
. Outdoor scenes

Myron G. Snow came to Boulder about 1910 from Wisconsin and worked with his brother, Charles F. Snow, in the studio which Charles had purchased from his partner, Charles E. Gosha in 1909. Myron and Charles married McNaught sisters, Fannie and Georgia. Myron and Fannie were the parents of Janice, Bruce and Barbara. Myron was also a stonemason and worked on many buildings on the campus of University of Colorado. He lived in the Geneva Park subdivision.

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Parades, festivals, celebrations, holidays, events, etc.: 4 boxes. Collection 222

This collection consists of photographs of special events in Boulder. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Pioneer families: 23 boxes. Collection 220

This collection is a photographic record of family photographs of Boulder pioneers, covering a century from the 1860s through the 1940s. There are 15 boxes catalogued using our typical local call numbering system of Collection number-box number-envelope number. Box 16, group photos, (separated into: mountain excursions, children, men, comic poses, etc.) has not yet been cataloged. Following that, additions to this collection are made by using the Collection number and the family name (ex. 220-Anderson). [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Postcards. Collection 443

Box 1 - This collection consists of postcards that have been organized according to location. Traditional sized postcards include: Boulder (views, businesses, churches, sanitariums, and university), Boulder Canyon, Chautauqua, Flatirons, Arapaho Glacier and Peak, Eldorado Springs and South Boulder Creek, Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Gold Hill, Ward, and miscellaneous Colorado locations.
Box 2
- Oversize postcards include: Boulder Souvenir Folders, Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park Poster Stamps, Scenes along the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, Scenic Colorado Souvenir Folder, Scenic Gems of Colorado on the Switzerland Railroad, Mountain Parks of Denver, fifteen miniature photos of Beautiful Boulder and miscellaneous Boulder views.
Box 3
- Postcards in albums.

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Railroads: 626 photographs arranged by locale. Collection 218

This collection is a photographic record of modes of transportation in Boulder, public and private, covering a century from the 1870s up through the 1970s. Included are views of carriages, wagons, stagecoaches, automobiles, buses and trucks. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Real Estate Appraisal Cards of Boulder County. 1929-1964 [bulk]. 188 boxes. Ask for by address or Section, Township and Range at Desk.

These cards were for real estate appraisals for taxation purposes on buildings in Boulder County, compiled by the Boulder County Assessor, 1929-1965. Each address includes a photograph of the building(s) on the property. Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville and Lyons are arranged by street address. Other towns, subdivisions and unincorporated areas, can be found by using the Township/Range/Section number or referring to the alphabetical listing in Box 1. These cards have not been scanned.

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Schoolland, John. Collection 601

This collection consists of four boxes of slides taken by J. B. Schoolland. They are primarily of Boulder sites and people, and taken during the 1950s-1970s.
Box 1
- Boulder County towns, mining equipment, and miscellaneous sites outside of the county.
Box 2
- Panoramas, downtown Boulder, residences of pioneers, University of Colorado, and the University Hill area.
Box 3
- Railroads, churches (Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Congregational, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist, Ryssby), Columbia Cemetery, Boulder schools, Sanitarium, and various vehicles.
Box 4 - People, Boulder businesses (brewery, brick kilns, lime kilns, stone quarries, ice house, oil rigs), Fire Department, landscapes, and the Schoolland family.

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Schools: 943 photographs. Collection 210

This collection is a photographic record of schools in Boulder County, including structures and students, covering a century from the 1870s through the 1970s. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Soldiers and Veterans: 332 photographs. Collection 216

This collection is a photographic record of the Colorado National Guard, Company H, of their participation in the Spanish American War; and of events related to World War I in Boulder, including men being drafted and marching off the Depot to depart to the war, their return at the depot, and Armistice Day parade. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Sports and Recreation: 6 oversized photographs. Collection 205

Five photographs of boys in their go karts, mounted on a single board. A view of the Berthoud ski area and parking lot, taken by H. H. Heuston. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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State and Federal Government. Collection 224

This collection is a photographic record of State and Federal agencies that have operated in Boulder County. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Tangen, Ed. Collection 141

This collection consists of 1,404 photographs arranged by size and type of photograph, and then arranged by Tangen's photograph number. The contents include 8x10" and 5x7" photo prints, 5x7" stereographs and large panoramic views. This collection contains views and photos of everyday events in and around Boulder County, Colorado by local photographer Edwin Tangen, [see biography below] 1906-1936. Tangen also photographed events and scenes in Denver, Jefferson County, Weld County and Wyoming. Each photograph is dated and identified.

Born in Norway in 1873, Edwin Tangen came to the United States as a child and moved to Boulder from Chicago in 1900. He established a commercial photography studio at 1407 Pearl Street in Boulder, above Kahn's women's clothing store. He maintained his studio at that address during the next five decades. He produced portraits, stereographs, and commercial and press photography. From about 1920 until his death in 1951, he assisted the Boulder County Sheriff with identifications.

A bachelor who kept to himself, Tangen enjoyed the mountains and was an avid hiker. He was active with the Rocky Mountain Climbers Club, as was his photographer acquaintance Eben G. Fine. Tangen died on 16 Feb. 1951, having been a Boulder resident for 51 years. [Part of the Boulder Historical Society collection]

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Town and Country Review newspaper Photographs. Collection 521

19 boxes of photographs taken to accompany articles arranged by alphabetically by subject.
Box 1
: Accidents - Auctions
Box 2
: Blood Bank - Boulder Historical Society
Box 3
: Building - Businesses (a-z)
Box 4: Cartoonist - Clubs & Organizations
Box 5
: Coins - Funerals
Box 6
: Gardening - Housing
Box 7
: Income Tax - N.O.A.A.
Box 8: Oil - Recreation
Box 9
: Red Cross - Schools (a-d)
Box 10: Schools (f-miscellaneous)
Box 11
: Science - Sports (a-f)
Box 12: Sports (g-z)
Box 13
: Theatre - United States Government
Box 14
: University of Colorado - University of Northern Colorado
Boxes 16-19: People (arranged alphabetically)

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Transportation: 353 photographs arranged by mode. Collection 217

This collection is a photographic record of modes of transportation in Boulder, public and private, covering a century from the 1870s up through the 1970s. Included are views of carriages, wagons, stagecoaches, automobiles, buses and trucks. [Part of the A. A. Paddock collection of the Boulder Historical Society]

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Wheeler, Alfred T. Collection 513

This collection contains 304 photographs of the Wheeler family. It includes the Samuel R. Wheeler family, the Alfred T. Wheeler family, and in-laws. They encompass portraits and group photographs, and were taken on family occasions, on outings in the mountains, and while living as caretaker of Boulder's watershed. Historical photographs include the flood of 1894, and Alfred T. Wheeler's service in the Colorado National Guard during miners' strikes in Cripple Creek and Telluride.

Samuel R. Wheeler was the organizer and first pastor of the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Boulder. He served in that position from 1893 to 1903.

Alfred T. Wheeler was the son of Samuel R. Wheeler. He was caretaker of the Boulder watershed.

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