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Translating PropertyThe Maxwell Land Grant and the Conflict over Land in the American West, 1840-1900$
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Maria Montoya

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520227446

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227446.001.0001

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The Legacy of Land Grants in the American West

The Legacy of Land Grants in the American West

(p.191) 6 The Legacy of Land Grants in the American West
Translating Property

MaríA E. Montoya

University of California Press

The opposition to the company began to gather strength on various portions of the grant the year following the Supreme Court decision. It was neither concurrence nor chance that the settlers and the company met for their last violent confrontation on the steps of the Pooler Hotel in Stonewall, Colorado. The Pooler Hotel represented everything the settlers viewed as corrupt and foreign about the Maxwell Land Grant Company. In the spring of 1888, the Maxwell Company had sold five thousand acres of land, including the Pooler Hotel and adjacent buildings, to “a group of local and state businessmen” that included Colorado governor Alva Adams. The syndicate bought the land because of its natural beauty, and they intended to create a resort for a railroad company. The settlers knew of the larger sale of land that had once been the farms and ranches of the Vigils, Torreses, Russells, Bells, and others who had lived and raised their families in the valley.

Keywords:   Colorado, opposition, Alva Adams, Russells, Bells

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