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Perry Burgess, the namesake of Burgess Creek in Steamboat Springs, and Burgess Creek Chairlift at Steamboat Ski Area, kept richly detailed diaries of the Mormon Exocus, his Indian skirmishes on the Bozeman Trail, gold mining around Hahn’s Peak and his civic efforts in Steamboat Springs and Boulder.

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Burgess book details life of pioneer

I always knew that Burgess Creek was named after a pioneer family. But I never appreciated the historical symbolism of my old blue steel chair from the original Burgess Creek double chairlift until a fat new soft-cover book landed with a thump on my desk this week.

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