Charles H. Utter, a.k.a. “Colorado Charlie”, according to most sources was born around 1838 in New York state, near the Niagara Falls region. One individual in this past week’s Surname Saturday article, Abraham Utter, lived in New York state, so perhaps they were distantly related.
He is said to have grown up in Illinois and as a young man headed west, where he became a well- known guide, trapper and prospector in Colorado. In 1872 he was the guide who led a group of men and women up Gray’s Peak. A description of him was reported in the September 1872 Scribner’s Monthly:
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