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Colorful Coloradans Biographies

Biographies of important Coloradans featuring digitized sources from the Western History collection to provide young researchers with high quality, primary source material for their history projects. Ideal for 4th grade and up.

Dr. Florence Sabin (1871-1953)

Dr. Florence Sabin was a medical research scientist who pioneered the field for women and helped improve the health of Coloradans.

Francisco "Paco" Sanchez (1915-1973)

Paco Sanchez came to America, started Denver's first Latino radio station, and helped built institutions to serve the community.

Chin Lin Sou (1836 - 1894)

Chin Lin Sou was among the earliest Chinese immigrants to Colorado. He became a successful businessman and supporter of the Chinese community. Some of his descendants still live in Denver.

Silas Soule (1838 - 1865)

Captain Silas Soule of the Colorado Cavalry refused to participate in the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre, where one hundred and fifty unarmed Cheyenne and Arapaho women and children were murdered. His letters and testimony about the events of that day are the reason the truth of Sand Creek is known as a massacre rather than a glorious battle.  

Arie Parks Taylor (1927 - 2003)

Businesswoman, Colorado state congresswoman, and activist. 

"Poker" Alice Tubbs (1851-1930)

Poker Alice was a strong, independent woman at a time when women had few options in life.

Belle Turnbull (1881-1970)

Poet, known for her poetry on the Colorado Mining Age and on the landscape of Colorado.

Davis Hanson Waite (1825-1901)

A populist governor of the state of Colorado.

Muriel Sibell Wolle (1898 - 1977)

Muriel Sibell Wolle was an artist and author who documented the history of Colorado ghost towns.