Portfolio - Historical Research
David's grandfather, Marcellus S. Merrill, at the age of 4, arrived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, traveling by stagecoach. Based on his grandfather's stories of growing up in Steamboat, David researched and compiled them into the book, Steamboat Springs: Memories of a Young Colorado Pioneer.
In 2017, David was a member of a team contracted to research, write, and publish the book Medicine in the Mountains: The Remarkable Storied History of Health Care in Lake City for the LCMC Endowment Fund, Inc. David conducted most of the research and wrote most of the text; others edited and formatted the book in Adobe InDesign.
Based on his interest in old maps and local history, David was hired by Gunnison County to research historic sites and assist in creating historic GIS maps of the Gunnison Basin. Each location contains historic information in a database to assist future researchers. See the maps at www.gunnisoncounty.org/history/maps.
David has researched, produced, and presented slide shows on historical topics, including Beneath Blue Mesa: The Gunnison River Valley Before Blue Mesa Reservoir, Travels with Jesse: A trip to the Alpine Mining District, Railroading in the Gunnison Country, Early Transportation in the Gunnison Country, and The Hangover Mine.
Each summer, David leads historical tours as part of Western Colorado University's Wednesdays at Western program.