After a couple of initial bumps in the road, my book “The Gray Ghosts of Colorado- Book I: The Copperheads” is now available for purchase through the link posted below.

This book is the first in a four book series which will document the suppressed history of Colorado Territory’s southern origins, the secessionist movement of 1860-1861 and its leaders, an introduction to the Knights of the Golden Circle underground within Colorado Territory, and the political with hunt led by Governor William Gilpin and Major John Chivington that saw a large number of Colorado’s founding fathers imprisoned at the end of 1861. Covered in this book is the early history of Colorado from 1850 to 1861. Subsequent books in the series will follow in chronological order.

“The Gray Ghosts of Colorado” series represent the first work to-date, focusing solely on the secessionist/Confederate movement and organization specifically in Colorado Territory. While other texts touch on the subject, no scholarly work has ever been presented on the topic previously, and what little information there is available on the subject is largely false or sanitized based on my seven years of research and analysis. My book presents the facts, as they were in the years 1858-1861, and my research is based off of predominately pre-1920 sources, as later “accepted” sources are riddled with falsehoods and errors.

Book format: 8×10 inches, softcover, 224 pages, numerous black and white photos.

Price $19.99 plus shipping.

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Many of you have been following and awaiting the release of my book “The Gray Ghosts of Colorado” which documents the suppressed early history, and the southern roots of the State of Colorado.

My project which began as a history of “The Reynolds Gang” has grown to include the rise of the secessionist faction in Colorado Territory, the Confederate underground network, Colonel Heffiner’s Mace’s Hole rebel army, and attempted Confederate incursions by Captain George Madison and Lt. Colonel Charlie Harrison.

The inclusion of so much new, pertinent material has resulted in numerous delays and rewrites.  As a result,  I have decided to split “The Gray Ghosts of Colorado” into a four book series, which will accomplish two goals- It will allow me to cover the subject matter in greater detail,  and it will allow the subject matter to be introduced to the reader in an easier to read,  chronological format that clearly ties the divergent paths of the topics together.

Splitting “The Gray Ghosts of Colorado” into four smaller books will require a considerable amount of “reworking” of the project,  and as of now,  I can not estimate a date of publication for the first book in the series.

“The Gray Ghosts of Colorado” series will consist of:

Book I- “The Copperheads” The southern roots of Colorado and the secessionist faction 1860-1865

Book II- “Pioneers to Pariahs” A true history of the mass exodus of Colorado’s southern-born pioneers,  a veritable “who’s who” of Colorado’s founding fathers, following the Battle of Glorieta Pass in New Mexico,  Confederate units composed of Colorado exiles and their battles,  and Confederate incursions into Colorado Territory in 1862-1863.

Book III- “The Reynolds Gang” A true history of Company A,  Wells’ Battalion,  3rd Texas Cavalry Regiment, CSA, their 1864 raids into New Mexico and Colorado,  how they became known as “The Reynolds Gang”, the sham trial and botched execution of some of Company A’s members,  and the hunt for their buried treasure which continues today.

Book IV- A collection of maps,  rosters,  appendices, and overall bibliography for the entire series.

Stay tuned for updates and thank you for your patience! This story deserves to be told correctly and in it’s entirety, and that will take a bit more time!

A collection of photos I’ve taken through the years capturing fall colors in various Colorado ghost towns, mining camps, and historic cemeteries. Various Olympus cameras from 7mp to 16mp, at various points in my life over the past decade, even a few taken on my phone.  Featured are scenes from Crystal City, Ashcroft, Central City Catholic Cemetery, Stringtown, Beaver City, Grover, Winfield, Knights of Pythias Cemetery- Central City, Idaho Springs Cemetery, Nevadaville, Ironton, Dayton, Bull Hill and Buckingham.






Central City Catholic Cemetery


Near Grover


Knights of Pythias Cemetery- Central City




Bull Hill


Crystal City


Central City Catholic Cemetery




Idaho Springs Cemetery

Buckingham School



Central City Catholic Cemetery

Prize Mine



Idaho Springs Cemetery






Crystal City


Beaver City


Central City Catholic Cemetery




Crystal City






Central City Catholic Cemetery


Nevadville? Russell Gulch?


Beaver City


Central City Catholic Cemetery






Crystal City






Idaho Springs Cemetery


Central City Catholic Cemetery




For over 150 years Coloradans and Wild West history buffs have discussed the case of “The Reynolds Gang” a band of nine men who robbed stagecoaches along the old Fairplay-to-Denver road back in July 1864.  Every written account identifies the men as simple bushwackers- Just rowdy outlaws rasing hell and terrorizing the locals before meeting their grim fate at the end of a firing squad.


I have worked tirelessly for the last six years to disprove the accepted version of events and prove conclusively that “The Reynolds Gang” were in fact Confederate soldiers riding from Texas to carry out military orders nearly 500 miles behind enemy lines- A remarkable feat that they DID accomplish in the summer of 1864.

My upcoming book “The Gray Ghosts of Colorado” which will hopefully be in print this year will cover all aspects of the case of “The Reynolds Gang” from start to finish. But in the mean time here is the “proof of the pudding” which has been overlooked, disregarded, ignored, and denied for over 150 years by “historians”-

The enlistment records of every member of “The Reynolds Gang” who rode into Colorado in July of 1864. These are the twenty-two Texas Cavalrymen that left Fort Belknap, Texas in mid-June 1864 on orders from Brigadier General Douglas Hancock Cooper to raid and disrupt Union supply and mail columns and recruit for the south in New Mexico and Colorado Territories. The twenty-two men identified below represent 50% of the total strength of Company A, Wells’ Battalion, 3rd Texas Cavalry Regiment, or two full platoons per regulation of the Confederate order of battle for units operating within the Indian Territory and Texas frontier commands.

Over half of the men identified below were early Colorado prospectors and pioneers who either left  Colorado willingly to join the Confederate Army or were forced out of Colorado by anti-southern pressure in 1861-1862.

All twenty-two men reached Colorado in July of 1864 breaking into two separate platoons near present-day Branson, Colorado. One platoon under the leadership of Sergeant Abraham C. Brown conducted recruiting missions in and around the Greenhorn River, Arkansas River and Spanish Peaks region. The second group under “Captain” Jim Reynolds carried out robberies along the Fairplay-Denver stagecoach road and became known as “The Reynolds Gang.”

Sergeant Brown’s platoon safely returned to Fort Belknap, Texas in the fall of 1864 and served honorably until the Confederate surrender in May of 1865. Many men of Sergeant Brown’s platoon were present when Wells’ Battalion laid down their arms and surrendered at Hempstead, Texas in late May of 1865.


“Captain” Reynolds platoon engaged in a brief skirmish with local Colorado militia in Geneva Gulch above present-day Grant, Colorado on July 31, 1864. Private Owen Singletary was killed in the firefight, Jim Reynolds was severely wounded.  The men of the Reynolds platoon scattered after the fight, six were later captured, John Reynolds and Addison F. Stowe escaped safely to New Mexico. Thomas Holloman aided his Union captors in tracking down the rest of the platoon near Canon City, Colorado and was freed in exchange for his help. The five men captured near Canon City were tried in a false court, then illegally executed near Russellville, Colorado. However, two (John Andrews and Thomas Knight) of the five supposedly executed that day survived the ordeal and escaped.

John Andrews after surviving his own execution recovered from his wounds with the aid of the Confederate underground in Colorado and reunited with John Reynolds and Addison F. Stowe in New Mexico a few weeks later. While attempting to return to their unit at Fort Belknap in the fall of 1864, Addison F. Stowe and John Andrews were killed following a botched attempt to steal horses in northeastern New Mexico. John  Reynolds disappeared from history in 1864 following the failed attempt to return to Fort Belknap with Stowe and Andrews. Reynolds resurfaced under the name “Will Wallace” in Taos in 1871 where he confessed his true identity on his deathbed.

Thomas Knight who survived his own execution appears to have been nursed back to health by the Cheyenne Indians. He died in 1910 in Kiowa County, Oklahoma.  Thomas Holloman who was freed after he led the Union posse to the platoon hiding near Canon City went north, modified his name to “Holman” and died in Linn County, Oregon in 1876.





John Andrews


John Bobbitt


Abraham C. Brown


John Brown


Uriah Carlton (Carrolton)


Thomas Holloman (Holliman/Holman)


Benjamin Jackson


William Jackson


Thomas Knight


Thomas Masoner


Chastine “Miles” McCracken


Washington Nutt


James “Jim” Reynolds


John Reynolds


Jackson Robinson- Colorado Territory


Jackson Robinson- Texas


Owen Singleterry (Singletary)


Addison F. Stowe


L.C. Tatum


William Tatum


John Wallace


Allen Wiley


John Wiley


Anderson Wilson

For those of you who are interested here are links to my 2017 calendars, Colorado Ghost Town Guide Books, and subscription information for “Ghost Towns of Montana and Beyond” magazine which I contribute articles and photos to.

I thank you all for your continued support and once the snow melts I’ll be back at it in 2017!

Also stay tuned for my upcoming book “The Gray Ghost of Colorado” which is the definitive true history of “The Reynolds Gang” a Confederate Cavalry company from Texas which raided the South Park region of Colorado in the summer of 1864. Their story is an intriguing tale of exiled Colorado miners who returned to Colorado on military orders to disrupt Union supply trains and mail deliveries and steal Colorado gold and currency to fund the Confederacy late in the Civil War. The Reynolds Gang left behind a buried horde of stolen gold and paper money worth an estimated $3.5 million which remains to be found today.

The gang was ambushed, and several men made harrowing escapes, and those who were captured were murdered on illegal orders of Colonel John Chivington by members of the 3rd Colorado Cavalry. Many legends have sprung over the years about the Reynolds Gang, but my book is the only true account of events and is based on the cold, hard, facts with the sources and documentation to prove all of the “accepted” versions of the story to be lies. My book will rewrite the history of The Reynolds Gang with irrefutable evidence.

“The Gray Ghosts of Colorado” should be available by May 1, 2017 and I will post updates here.

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Tucked away in Gamble Gulch about halfway between the towns of Black Hawk and Nederland, Colorado stand the sparse ruins of Perigo.  Perigo was a busy gold mining town in the latter years of the 19th Century and was home to several prosperous mines including the Golden Sun, Tip Top, Perigo and the Free Gold. A massive 60-stamp mill was erected at the town to crush the ores from the nearby mines.

Perigo had around three-hundred residents during it’s peak years. There was a general store, mine offices, the mill, several saloons, a social club and many private dwellings ranging from crude log cabins and tents to lavish two-story homes that would’ve been considered mansions in the day. Perigo’s social club put on plays and banquets, and tried on a number of occasions to entice the leading opera stars and actors from Central City and Denver to hold shows in the town- It is unknown, and doubtful that any ever accepted the offer.


Perigo- A View Down Main Street Around 1890

When the mining industry collapsed in the 1890s Perigo began a steady decline into oblivion. The mines were all closed and the mill was shut down. Struggling on for a few more years was the general store that served the needs of those who still lived in Gamble Gulch, but soon, it too faded and was abandoned.


Tourists visit the abandoned stamp mill around 1930

Sometime around the middle of the last Century a man purchased the entire town site, the mill, and all the remaining buildings and homes of Perigo.  The now ghost town of Perigo could still be visited and admired from the narrow and rocky road leading through Gamble Gulch.  Then one day the new owner was hit with a tax bill he could not pay. Gilpin County expected the man to pay property taxes on each of the structures on his property. He informed the county that all of the buildings were long abandoned and in various states of decay, but the tax man didn’t care, the law was the law and the taxes had to paid. Inviting the county tax assessor to Perigo, the owner showed him the rotten and collapsing buildings, but the county stood firm and demanded he pay up. A simple solution presented itself- If there were no standing structures on his property, the tax bill would vanish. So, unfortunately for old Perigo, the man filled the buildings at the town site with dynamite and blew Perigo off the map.


Today you’ll only find the twisted and shattered remains of the mill, some wood structures flat on the ground like a stack of popsicle sticks, a stone or concrete foundation tucked in the grass, and a couple of old tumbledown tin sided shacks being reclaimed by the earth.  One small Victorian era house still stands intact way back in the trees, and giant, still occupied, two-story Victorian style which may or may not be original to the site can be found near the mill wreckage.

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Sandwiched in between the Sangre de Cristos to the west, and the Wet Mountains to the east in Southern Colorado, a few miles west of Gardner, Colorado I came across the forlorn and tattered remains of an old settlement about a year ago. (I’m certainly not “on to” something new here, these ruins have appeared in books and in photos across the web for years.) Tucked in close at the foot of a rocky bluff near the Huerfano River, surrounded by ranches sat this little gem with no name. I have searched high and low for information on this settlement and have found a few, vague leads, but no definitive answer as to what this place was called…or if it was ever called anything.




Rito Oso? Archuletaville? Sharpsdale?



According to Colorado Ghost Town aficionado Ken Jessen, for a short time in the late-1960s and early-1970s the site was occupied by members of a hippie community that named the site “Archuletaville” but the buildings were there long before the 1960s. When the hippies arrived, the buildings were being used as goat pens by a local rancher who agreed to let the hippies live at the site. This is the most recent account of the site’s history.




Prior to the arrival of the hippies and the establishment of Archuletaville, the site is shrouded in mystery. Many have claimed it to be the ruins of “Sharpsdale” an 1800s era supply stop on the route over Mosca Pass into the San Luis Valley. But evidence suggests that Sharpsdale was located nearby and closer to Tom Sharp’s “Buzzard’s Roost Ranch” which still stands today a few miles down the Huerfano from Archuletaville.



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Another possibility is that the ruins are the site of Rito Oso an old Mexican settlement dating back to the era when Southern Colorado was still a part of Mexico. A walk through the broken and crumbling ruins at the site lend credence to this possibility- Clearly, some of the structures are newer and date to, or have repairs and improvements that were made in the “Archuletaville” era of the 1960s, but a look around reveals a handful of much, much older structures of stone, log and adobe brick at the site.  A rough hewn log cabin without a single iron nail present, it’s logs splintered and dry rotted in a way that only decades of exposure to the elements can produce. Stone pens and sheds for animals. The location- Tucked in at the base of a bluff, on a prominence overlooking the vast plain of the Huerfano- An excellent defensive locale if you were concerned with attacks from roving Indians and bandits. Perhaps the most compelling evidence is the ranch across the road from the site which bears the name “Rito Oso”  but nobody seems to know for sure what the ruins were called or when they date to. Does anyone out there know the facts about this enigmatic site on the Huerfano?


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