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A book detailing a photographic and historical journey through Colorado's monuments, including directions and coordinates.
A book detailing a photographic and historical journey through Colorado's monuments, including directions and coordinates.
40 backers pledged $2,766 to help bring this project to life.

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2/24/19 Update: Stretch Goal One Reached, Time For a New Goal!

EVERYONE will now be thanked by name on the first page of the book. Thank you!

The new goal is $2500, and if we can reach that, EVERYONE will also receive a really cool 2-1/8 x 3-1/8 magnet, with which to impress your friends! Here's a pic of it:

The most impressive magnet
The most impressive magnet

Update: We're fully funded after less than 24 hours! 

Thank you everyone! As a stretch goal, 

if we can make it to $2,000, I'll include everyone's name in a special Thank You section of the book. Stay tuned for other possible stretch goals!

I wanted to find out where we came from in a way that I could relate  to more than a textbook; visiting these monuments late at night, when  only I was there to hear their stories, allowed them to reveal their  humanity in a completely new way. Colorado Monuments by Night brings my late-night rendezvous to life so that you and your family can  connect in a completely new light with the people and their odysseys  that wrote our Colorado story. 

Colorado Monuments by Night is a 250-page photography and history book, detailing 105 monuments around the state, with nighttime photographs of each one, usually from multiple perspectives. There are over 250 footnotes, and it has taken me four years to complete the book. Included within the book are clear directions to every site, as well as GPS coordinates for those who prefer them. The cover art is the project image you see above, showing the Westall Monument under the Milky Way. 

The tone of the entries varies, sometimes somber, sometimes with a dash of humor, but always appropriate for the subject. Here's a sample entry:  

Pioneer Monument

In Kiowa, on the north side of Comanche Street, between Arapahoe and Pawnee streets

39.346734, -104.467032

This unassuming monument acknowledges the murder of an entire pioneer family, setting in motion events that would shape Colorado forever. War being the chaotic, multifaceted event that it is, there will always be discussion of the causes of various events, such as the Sand Creek Massacre. In the Indian War of 1864, both sides felt slighted and defiled by the other, and ascribed vengeful value of every transgression as evidence of the need to retaliate. Though feelings finally boiled over after multiple attacks afterward, the Hungate Massacre was held up as plentiful evidence that the Indians needed to be taught the lesson that was to be Sand Creek. The Hungates had only been settling the area for a few months when they were murdered. Afterwards, their bodies were exhumed and brought to Denver to be put on display to foment hysteria and paranoia about Indian attacks.   Governor Evans used the attack to prove that the Indians were waging full-scale war against the whites. 

The common narrative was that the family had been killed by four Arapaho warriors as revenge against their employer, rancher Isaac Van Wormer. However, recent research including thousands of documents and the retrieval of artifacts from the scene indicate that the real story wasn't so simple. It now appears that a raiding party consisting of as many as sixty Indians that had been stealing stock and pack mules came across the Hungates, who took umbrage and killed one or more of the Indians. The Hungates were killed in particularly gruesome fashion for their disrespect. 

While that research is extensive, at the time frontiersman Jim Beckwourth doubted that Arapaho were even involved in the murders, because of the manner of death.  Since an unrelated raiding party is known to have been in the area and had come upon the murder scene,  it may never be known whether the murders were committed by someone else or not. But for a justification of war, it wouldn't have mattered. The temperature of the whites was high, and any event could have been the inevitable flashpoint.

The Hungates were eventually exhumed and reburied three times before finally being interred at Fairmount Cemetery. One of the four Arapaho supposedly at the revenge killing was Chief Roman Nose, who would eventually die in the Battle of Beecher's Island four years later in 1868. His potential involvement in the murder is now much less clear. 

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No matter how much you can pledge to this campaign, that amount will  allow this book to come to life in a first-edition softcover. There are several ways that you can become a part of this Colorado story - varying  from simply pledging your support of the project to purchasing multiple copies, along with bookmarks, an audiobook, and the PDF version. 

This special Kickstarter pressing is the first edition of the book. Once the Kickstarter round is over, there may be some of this edition that will be sold on my website for $50. Or there may not be any left - either way, you're getting in on a tremendous deal!

BONUS BOOK

Several levels also include a signed copy of my most recent book, The Black and Whites. This critically acclaimed 170-page book represents my entire collection of black and white panoramas, each featured in a full two-page spread. Included with each image are details about it, and the book has an introduction that explains how the panoramas in general are made. This books normally sells for $29.95, but is being discounted just for Kickstarter backers. Here's the cover: 

Shiprock dominates the cover of The Black and Whites
Shiprock dominates the cover of The Black and Whites
A wonderful, fun-loving family, just like yours, enjoying their book on the road! (Hypothetical view. This may not be your actual family.) Number One Son is following along on the accompanying Google Map, listening to a Norwegian Death Metal group you would certainly not approve of.
A wonderful, fun-loving family, just like yours, enjoying their book on the road! (Hypothetical view. This may not be your actual family.) Number One Son is following along on the accompanying Google Map, listening to a Norwegian Death Metal group you would certainly not approve of.

Sample Images from the Book:

These are a couple of my favorites, and a couple of favorites of others who have seen the preliminary print. The stars are hard to see at screen resolution, but I promise they're there!
These are a couple of my favorites, and a couple of favorites of others who have seen the preliminary print. The stars are hard to see at screen resolution, but I promise they're there!

WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE USED FOR?

All of the funds raised will be put toward printing  costs, shipping of books, and Kickstarter fees. I've already paid for all of the trips, cartography, and editing. If the goal is met, there will be no profit. If the goal is exceeded, I have some cool things in mind for stretch goals! Printing will take place in The United States, at a low volume, which increases costs.

Risks and challenges

The photography, research, writing, editing, cartography, and layout for the book is already complete. All that's left is the printing. With four years already dedicated to the project, it's certain that it will be printed upon successful funding. The timeline reflects the turnaround time quoted to me by the printing company. For this relaunch, I'm including bookmarks, which will need to be printed, and an audiobook, which still needs to be recorded. I anticipate having it done in plenty of time, but the recording and editing may take a little longer than I'm anticipating.

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    Signed First-Edition Copy of the Book

    I've worked a long time to share this with you! Get a signed first edition hot off the presses! You'll also get a set of two bookmarks, with two images from the book on each one! Also included is a link to the Google Map of all locations in the book, so that you can drive right up to each one. The map is accurate to within two feet.

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    Everything Above + The Black and Whites

    I've worked for six years to get you these two books, and I'm thrilled to send them to you! In addition to a signed first-edition copy of Colorado Monuments by Night, you'll also get a signed first-edition copy of The Black and Whites. Don't worry, you'll also get the two bookmarks, and the link to the Google Map of every location in the book.

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    Get a Second Copy, and the Audiobook

    Wow. I can't believe my luck in being introduced to you. To show how much your backing means to me, you'll receive TWO signed first-edition copies of Colorado Monuments by Night, Plus a signed copy of my recent book, The Black and Whites. You'll also get a copy of the audiobook! And have no fear - you'll also get everything from above, too: The two bookmarks, and the link to the Google map showing every location in the book, so that you can drive right up to each one. Don't forget - the map is accurate to within two feet!

    Includes:
    • Signed First-Edition book, shipped FREE to domestic backers
    • Signed First-Edition Copy of The Black and Whites Book
    • Set of two bookmarks containing four images from the book
    • Link to Google Map with Every Location in the Book
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    FOUR Books, the Audiobook, and the PDF

    With this much support from you, I may need to mention you in my will! You'll get FOUR signed, first-edition copies of Colorado Monuments by Night for you and your friends and relatives, along with a signed, first-edition copy of my most recent book, The Black and Whites, panoramic views of my entire series of black and white photographs! Published in late 2018, this book shows every shot in a full two-page spread (170 pages), with descriptions of each shot, and an overview of how the shots were taken. Also included is a link to the Google Map of all locations in the book, so that you can drive right up to each one. The map is accurate to within two feet. And since you're such a close friend, I'll also include the audiobook of Colorado Monuments by Night!

    Includes:
    • Signed First-Edition book, shipped FREE to domestic backers
    • Signed First-Edition Copy of The Black and Whites Book
    • Audiobook of Colorado Monuments by Night
    • PDF version of Colorado Monuments by Night
    • Link to Google Map with Every Location in the Book
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