Western History & Genealogy Blog

Surprise!

I always enjoy surprise visits, and a couple of weeks ago I received a surprise visit from not just one person, but an entire family in town for a reunion.

They were the family of Edward W. Milligan, a prominent Denverite who, among other achivements, proposed and sponsored the creation of the Denver Municipal Flag. Mr. Milligan's family decided that Denver would be the perfect place for a reunion so that they could all be together to bring in his papers for donation to the Western History Archives Collection. A proud bunch, they were, and rightfully so...

Edward Milligan, born in 1869, was well-known in his time and place as an historian and lecturer on early Western history covering topics such as Indians of the Southwest, Spanish missions, Colorado mining camps, early transportation, Overland Trails, Indian legends, and national parks of the West. He also authored historical articles for magazines and was a member of several historical and genealogical organizations, including the Colorado Historical Society and the Colorado Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. In addition to proposing the Denver Municipal Flag in 1926, he erected markers at Montana City (1924) and Dry Creek (1927) to commemorate the finding of gold by the Russell party and the building of the first log cabins in the region.

The Edward W. Milligan papers include original correspondence, articles, clippings, and photographs. It was a treat to meet Mr. Milligan's family members and a pleasure to accept their generous donation of his papers, which are sure to hold some treasures for researchers.