Amazon.com has a feature that allows searching inside the content of
many of their books. I find the best access for these searches is at:
A search on [ "mcelmo's canyon" "named after" ] led to the following information:
From Basin to Peak: An Explorer's Companion to the Colorado-New Mexico
San Juan Basin
by Wesley M. Howe
McElmo Canyon -- A gulch on the west edge of Montezuma County that
extens into Utah. The site of a 1911 basin oil strike, it is named
after a white pioneer prospector who stopped at a spting in the canyon
to get a drink and died there of tuberculosis. His partner buried him
in the canyon.
The reference for the above information is given as:
Freeman, Ira S. A History of Montezuma County, Colorado. Boulder:
Johnson Publishing, 1958
and this publication is available in many Colorado libraries, and is
listed as follows:
Author Freeman, Ira S.
Title A history of Montezuma County, Colorado, land of promise and
fulfillment; being a review of prehistoric races and an account of the
earliest settlement by the white man and subsequent events and
development to the present day.
Publisher [Boulder, Colo., Johnson Pub. Co. 1958]
LOCATION CALL # STATUS
Western State Stacks F782.M7 F7 ON SHELF
Description 323 p., illus. 24 cm.
Subject Montezuma County (Colo.)
I trust that's the information you're looking for.
However, if there's anything else you need, just holler.
Clarification of Answer by
20 Dec 2005 16:39 PST
By the way, you can search some historical Colorado newspapers online at this link:
It's not the easiest site in the world to use, but if you click on
"Search All" you'll get to the search page.
A search on [ McElmo ] turned up over 1,000 articles, though I didn't
see much on the actual history of the name. By the way, the word [
canyon ] won't always be recognized as a good search term, since in
the older papers, it is rendered as [ canon ] with a tilde over the