Sheriff Shores on the Trail

I’ve written a good number of history columns about outlaws in western Colorado and eastern Utah, and they all produce lots of reader responses.

Doc Shores

My next column will focus instead on one of the most important lawmen in the history of this region — Cyrus “Doc” Shores. And it will detail one of his most notable efforts to track down criminals in the wake of a train robbery near Grand Junction in 1887.

At the time, Wells was the Gunnison County sheriff. Later he would be a special investigator for several different railroads, and later still, he would become the Salt Lake City police chief.

The article will appear in The Daily Sentinel on Monday, July 2. A few days later, I will post it here.

Off to Meeker

I’m heading to Meeker tomorrow, working with David Bailey, Curator of History at the Museums of Western Colorado, conducting a tour of some of the sites important in the events of 1879.

Those events have traditionally been referred to as “The Milk Creek Battle” and “The Meeker Massacre,” although the latter term is not very accurate. I have avoided using it as much as possible.bookcover
We’ll be following the events detailed in my previous book, “Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado.” Additionally, my friends Joy and Jonas Grant, Ute Indians from Fort Duchesne, Utah, will be joining us for part of the trip. Jonas is directly descended from some of the Ute leaders involved in the 1879 events.
As I understand it, there are expected to be 17 people joining us on the trip. We’ll visit a half-dozen sites over the two days, and spend the night in the Meeker Hotel. It should be a lot of fun.
Oh, and I might try to sell a few copies of my new book while I have a captive audience.