SILVIA PETTEM
THE BOOK LODE, LLC

Historical Research & Writing

NEWSPAPER COLUMN

 From 1998 through the first few months of 2020, I wrote (and then alternated with Carol Taylor) a history column for the Boulder Daily Camera. Compilations of some of my history columns are in my books Only in Boulder: The County’s Colorful Characters and Boulder: A Sense of Time and Place Revisited (see Books page). The column never had a name, but several of the articles can be found, below, by clicking on “Boulder County History."


NEW!
Beginning in March 2021, the Camera revived the history column under a new name –– IN RETROSPECT. My articles, as well as links, will be posted on this page. 

(I started writing for the Camera in 1976, with historical features, as well as a food column. From 1984 to 1988, I wrote historical features for the Longmont Times-Call. From 1996-1998, I wrote a history column for the Boulder Planet. During this time, I also contributed to the Coloradan –– the University of Colorado's alumni magazine –– and have freelanced for a number of national and international publications from the California Mining Journal to Evidence Technology Magazine to the British magazine Cornish World.)

Boulder County History –– Pettem

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

RESEARCH SPECIALTIES:
   Long-term missing persons
   Unidentified remains
   Cold case homicides
   Boulder County, Colorado, history