Different from the mountainous and green areas of Colorado, the land of northwestern Colorado is relatively flat and dry with only a few mountains and hills. After being home to Ute Indians for hundreds of years, northwestern Colorado was open for settlement in 1880 with the help of geological and geographical surveys of the West up to Colorado’s western slope in the 1870s.
When people think about the history of homesteading in Colorado, most people focus on the men – cowboys, ranchers, and miners. In Julie Jones-Eddy’s book Homesteading Women: An Oral History of Colorado 1890-1950 (published in 1992), she interviewed 47 women between the ages of 55 and 95, who were all survivors of homesteading in northwestern Colorado in the early twentieth century.
The unspoiled beauty, the unpopulated isolation and the remote freedom of northwestern Colorado made many of these women feel at home. The nature of this area is also reflected in the independent personalities of these women.
For this project, I finished a handmade photo book with eleven quotes from those interviews and paired them with photos from my past trips through out Colorado (not limited to northwestern Colorado) over the last two years.