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"A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it."

—Edward P. Morgan


Otto Mears

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  • All Ages
When January 15, 2014
from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Where Vail Public Library's Community Room
Contact Name Vail Public Library
Contact Email
Contact Phone 970-479-2187
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The Town of Vail Public Library will host a living history presentation featuring “Otto Mears” with Steve Lee.

Otto Mears (1840-1931), a Russian immigrant, was one of the most influential men in the pioneering era of Colorado.

Orphaned at age three, and living on his own from the age of eleven, he came to the Colorado Territory in 1865. He built toll roads and railroads where none existed in the steepest parts of the Rocky Mountains, thus opening up the vast riches of Colorado’s high country to exploration and development. He was a witness at the trial of Alfred Packer, he helped design the Colorado State Capitol building, and was a power to contend with in Colorado politics for fifty years. His place in Colorado’s history is immortalized in stained glass in the state senate chambers.

Steve Lee taught sixth grade for thirty-two years, often through the use of stories. Now, he is able to devote more time to the art of telling stories that teach. Steve works at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado, where he provides educational programs. Steve and Otto share similar physical characteristics and ethnicity, further cementing the connection Steve feels to this early Colorado pioneer.