Joanna Sampson, well known for her research on Marshall, Colorado, and coal mining, talks about her family history, western history in general, and coal mining history in particular. A long-time resident of Marshall, she talks about the areas’s residents, the way coal mining shaped the town, and the intractable coal fires that have burned for decades underground. Joanna also was a passionate supporter of the Open Space program in Boulder, and she talks about the founding of the department, public support for it, and the challenges involved in preservation of open space land. This interview, the last of several with Joanna Sampson that are archived in the Maria Rogers Oral History Program collection, was recorded less than four months before Ms. Sampson’s death.
This interview was recorded in collaboration with the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department.
View DVD, time-indexed transcript, and supplementary material at Carnegie Branch Library.