Elizabeth Byers’ Story

Join Author J.v.L. Bell for a Presentation on the life of

Elizabeth Byers’ Story

Elizabeth Byers moved west during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, arriving in Denver when the town was little more than a cluster of tents and saloons filled with rough men from every walk of life. Her husband—Rocky Mountain News founder William Byers—became Denver’s biggest promoter, but during the sixty years Elizabeth lived in Denver, she did everything she could to improve life in the rough town. Despite being burned out of one home, flooded out of another, and losing both children born to her in Denver, Elizabeth spent her life helping others, founding Denver’s first charitable organizations, and helping Denver transform from a rough boom-and-bust mining town into the thriving capital of a new state. She once wrote “There is much that is pathetic in a pioneer’s life and much that is awfully funny. We often laughed though tears.” In her presentation, J.v.L. Bell will share highlights of Elizabeth’s amazing life.