Bounty Offered For Historical Documents From 1880s Cotopaxi Jewish Colony

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<p>(Courtesy: Beck Archives, Special Collections, CJS and University Libraries, University of Denver)</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Michel Shames was one of the Cotopaxi Jewish colonists. He farmed during the 1880s before moving his family to Denver.</p>

A reward is being offered for history sleuths.

Back in the 1880s Jewish immigrants nearly starved trying to farm in Cotopaxi, a mountainous area 75 miles west of Pueblo. A wealthy Jewish businessman, Emmanuel Saltiel, is often held responsible for the failure of the Cotopaxi Jewish Colony. His cousin Miles Saltiel is now offering $25,000 in "bounties" for documents that shed more light on Emmanuel's role. He's asked University of Denver Center for Judaic Studies professor Adam Rovner to authenticate any new evidence.

Editor's Note: The headline and text for this story were updated on Friday, June 3, 2016 to clarify that the bounty is offered for new historical materials related to the colony.