My family came to what is now Boulder, Colorado, arriving when Boulder was three months old. My Great-great-grandfather was Carson W. Arbuthnot and with him, he brought his four sons and a son-in-law. Since a little child I have loved the history of this beautiful mountain area, the legacy's of the Natives who were here when my family arrived, and the way our community has grown to what it is today. My blog is dedicated to seeking evidence of all that happened. The good, the bad and the ugly, I will share the evidence of what I find.

I also share Boulder County and Colorado History through entertaining storytelling. Dressed as one of my early Boulder County ancestors, I will make you laugh, smile and sometimes cry as I share the stories of the people who came before us and who established these communities that we enjoy today. Please visit my storytelling and events pages for information on performances.

Welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy your time here.

Donlyn Arbuthnot



1.  Arbuthnott, Sir William.  Arbuthnot(t) family tree.  Kittybrewster.com

2.  Carson, Dina - Compiler.  Boulder County Commissioner's Journal No, 1, 1861-1871. Iron Gate Publishing, 2012.

3.  Carson, Dina - Compiler.  Boulder County Commissioner's Journal No. 2.  Iron Gate Publishing, 2013.

4.  Department of the Interior, Census Office. United States mining laws and regulations thereunder, and state and territorial mining laws, to which are appended local mining rules and regulations.  Compiled under the direction of Hon. Clarence King, special agent tenth census.  Monday, Janurary 1, 1883.  Serial Set Vol No. 2144  Report: H. Misc. Doc 41 pt. 14.

5.  Minutes Book,  Oct 23, 1860 - July 1, 1865.  Gold Hill Mining District (Boulder County, CO).  Carnegie Branch Library for Local History, Boulder Public Library, Colorado.

6.  Hafen, LeRoy Ruben, Editor.  Pike's Peak Gold Rush Guide Books of 1859.  Southwest Historical Series, No. IX.  Glendale: Arthur H. Clark Company. 1941

7.  Hafen, LeRoy Ruben, Editor.  Colorado Gold Rush, Contemporary Letters and Reports, 1858-1859.   Southwest Historical Series, No. X.  Glendale: Arthur H. Clark Company. 1941

8.  Henry Mead Skinner's Letter Home From the Gold Fields.  Boulder Genealogy Society, Quarterly.  August 2013, Vol 45, No. 3, 84-85.

9.  1942 Diary of Margie Ann (Coe) Arbuthnot.  It is the intension of the owner of this blog to donate this book to the Longmont Historical Society once publication of its contents is complete.

10.  Boulder District Court Judgement Book: Water Decrees.  Vol 2, District 5-6, 1869-1896.  p. 394-405.  Colorado State Archives, Denver, CO.

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