Mears, Otto, 1840-1931
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
File — Box: B216.01.0001
Overview (1) mounted Rocky Mountain Empire Magazine page, 1948; (1) sheet music ''The Ballad of Otto Mears'' (1) letter from Kankakee Federal Savings regarding ballad and (1) supplemental handout about ballad; (1) file folder with photocopies of ''Western States Jewish Historical Quarterly'', clippings from London Jewish Chronicle 1979, photocopy of "Colorado's Littler Big Man: The Early Career of Otto Mears, 1840-1881", and a copy of the Visitors Guide to Colorado's Capitol and a map of the first...
File — Box: B216.02.0002
Overview Otto Mears (1840-1931) was an entrepreneurial businessman who built railroads and was essential to the development of Southwestern Colorado. The son of an English father and Russian mother, he immigrated to the United States after being orphaned at an early age. After making it all the way to California he was placed in a boardinghouse at eleven years old when relatives could not be found to care for him. After serving in the Civil War he moved to Colorado where he began to build his empire....
Dates: Other: 1892, 1948-1980
Overview Otto Mears, Rio Grande Southern Railroad - Silverton Railroad Pass, silver filligree pass, issued 1892. Pass No. 85, issued to George Ross-Lewin, Vice President of the First National Bank of Denver, as well as Vice-President of The Bi-Metallic Bank of Cripple Creek, Colorado. 1888 was the first year Otto Mears decided to issue a special railroad pass. The silver filigree pass was issued in 1892.