In the state of Colorado In the year of seventy-four They crossed the San Juan Mountains Growing hungry to the core. Their guide was Alferd Packer And they trusted him too long: For his character was weak And his appetite was strong.
This is the first stanza to The Ballad Of Alfred Packer, by Phil Ochs.
I include it here because I was checking the This Day In History Calendar and I came across a rather grisly story of the old west. In the late 1860s and early 70s, Alfred Packer was a Rocky Mountain prospector who supplemented his income by serving as a guide. In the winter of 1873-74, Packer started out with a party of 21 men from Bingham Canyon, Utah headed for the gold fields in the Breckenridge, Colorado area. Several months later Packer showed up, alone, at the Los Pinos Indian Agency.
To read about what happened in the interim, check out this link: Alfred Packer – Maneater
And to see the rest of the lyrics to the ballad, check this link: The Ballad of Alfred Packer