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Alonzo S. Wright (Wright's Ranch) Papers

Identifier: WH2271

Scope and Contents

Collection contains 5 diaries (1880-1884) documenting Wright's daily activities: mining activities, chores, expenses. DVD (2006) with original film footage from the early 1930s. The films documents the activities at Wright Ranch and includes audio commentary by the cameraman and former camper at the Wright's Ranch.


  • 2013


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Alonzo S. “Lon” Wright was born April 19, 1849 in Morgan County, Mo. He married Mary L. Vezina (b. November 3, 1868-d. 1905) on February 17, 1892 in Iowa. They had six children: Alonzo Jr. “Lonnie,” John Riley, Myron "Pat", Mary, Thomas Clanton, and Will. Lon Wright arrived in Denver April 17, 1872. He spent 18 years prospecting and mining, especially near Lake City, (Hinsdale County) Colo. where he claimed the “Sweet Home Lode.” Wright came to the Uncompahgre Valley in 1884 and eventually settled on Ash Mesa, near Olathe, (Montrose County) Colo. He died January 16, 1938 in Montrose County at the age of 88. Wright also operated Wright's Ranch near Cedaredge (Delta County), Colo. The ranch was a summer camp for boys that focused on teaching riding, roping, rodeo skills, and everyday ranch operations. Wright later owned a ranch near Olathe, Colo.


.25 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Thea Lindquist; 2016.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Alonzo S. Wright (Wright's Ranch) Papers
Keli Schmid
February 18, 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States