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Emanuel Saltiel, 1942-1995

Identifier: b111.09.0009.0003


Emanuel Saltiel was born in Bath, England in 1844 and emigrated to the United States, joining the Confederate army in 1864. In 1866 Saltiel, now a member of the Union army under the name Joseph Isaacs, was court-martialed for treason. He moved to Colorado, became involved with many of the Jewish organizations in Denver as well as businesses such as the Denver Daily Times, and invested in two mines near Cotopaxi, CO, offering to populate them with Jewish farmers and promising high wages, good living quarters, and many other benefits. Several versions of the story have been passed down, but when the settlers arrived they were given very little of what was promised. Cotopaxi was eventually shut down and the members of the colony were rescued by relief efforts from Denver. Saltiel was later indicted for forged property deeds and passed away in Wyoming in the 1890s.


  • 1942-1995


From the File: 1 Items : legal document box

Scope and Contents

File contains copies of articles about Emanuel Satiels (AKA Sergt. Joseph Isaacs). One copy of a journal article is titled "Justice at Fort Laramie" about the courtmartial of Sergeant Isaacs (later known as Emanuel Saltiel, editor of Denver Daily Times) and is from Arizona and the West. Other information includes copies of historic newspapers, and a copy of the History and Business Directory of Cheyenne and Guide to the Mining Regions of the Rocky Mountains compiled by Saltiel and G. Barnett. File also contains accession information on the access to these documents. copies of letters sent back and forth

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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