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The Legacy of Land Grants in the American West

MaríA E. Montoya

in Translating Property

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520227446
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926486 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520227446.003.0007
The Legacy of Land Grants in the American West

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The opposition to the company began to gather strength on various portions of the grant the year following the Supreme Court decision. It was neither concurrence nor chance that the settlers and the company met for their last violent confrontation on the steps of the Pooler Hotel in Stonewall, Colorado. The Pooler Hotel represented everything the settlers viewed as corrupt and foreign about the Maxwell Land Grant Company. In the spring of 1888, the Maxwell Company had sold five thousand acres of land, including the Pooler Hotel and adjacent buildings, to “a group of local and state businessmen” that included Colorado governor Alva Adams. The syndicate bought the land because of its natural beauty, and they intended to create a resort for a railroad company. The settlers knew of the larger sale of land that had once been the farms and ranches of the Vigils, Torreses, Russells, Bells, and others who had lived and raised their families in the valley.

Keywords: Colorado; opposition; Alva Adams; Russells; Bells

Chapter.  12195 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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