Colorado was a member of George Nidever’s sea otter hunting group on San Nicolas Island in 1853. He assisted Carl Dittman, George Nidever, and three Mission Indians whose names were not recorded in the search for the Lone Woman on San Nicolas Island. Colorado’s real name was never recorded. He was an Irishman who received his nickname because of the color of his complexion (colorado is a Spanish word for red or red colored).
Dittman, Carl. Narrative of a Seafaring Life on the Coast of California. Unpublished manuscript, 1878. Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Ellison, William H., (ed.) The Life and Adventures of George Nidever [1802–1883]: The Life Story of a Remarkable California Pioneer Told in his Own Words, and None Wasted. Santa Barbara: McNally & Loftin, 1984: 80.
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