Nesbitt Memorial Library

McColloch Completes Eagle Lake Index

On February 28, 2003, the library acquired eight letters written by David C. Neer to his relatives in Virginia between 1857 and 1861. Neer, with a partner, Thomas H. James, established a store in the fledgling Colorado County town now known as Oakland, but then called Prairie Point, in early 1857. The letters refer to the opening of the store and describe business practices and living conditions in Prairie Point/Oakland, as well as other community activities and developments. One of the letters had three dried leaves, sent sent from Oakland in 1857, folded into it.