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Professor Tom J. Noel

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Professor Tom Noel
Professor Tom Noel

Thomas Jacob Noel teaches courses on, among other things, the American West, Colorado History, Historic Preservation, Mining & Railroading, National Parks, and Western Art & Architecture. Tom has published 38 books and writes a local history column for the Sunday Denver Post. He appears as “Dr. Colorado” on Channel 9’s Colorado & Company on Tuesday mornings.

     Tom directs CU Denver’s Public History & Preservation Program and co-directs the Center for Colorado & the West.

Please visit his website at

You can reach him at or his office

phone 303-556-2044.

Professor Noel's Books include:

Noel, Thomas J. Guide to Colorado Historic Places: Sites Supported with the Colorado Historical Society’s State Historical Fund. Englewood, CO: Westcliffe Publishers, 2007. 392 p. Index, bibliography, 300 color and black and white illustrations. Maps. appendices. ISBN-13: 978-1-56579-493-1. 2008 Best Colorado Book Award nominee.

Noel, Thomas J. & Amy B. Zimmer. Showtime: Denver's Performing Arts, Convention Centers & Theatre District. Denver: Denver Theatres & Arenas, 2008.144p. Over 400 color and black and white photos, index, sources. $49.95 hardback. 14 x 11 inches

Limited deluxe hardback edition of 1900 copies.

ISBN # 978-0-9729530-1-6

Noel, Thomas J. Colorado: A Liquid History & Tavern Guide to the Highest State. Golden: Fulcrum Publishing Co, 2005. 272p. 7" x 9" paperback. $18.95. ISBN: 978-1-55591-260-4.

Noel, Thomas J. and Debra B. Faulkner. Colorado: An Illustrated History of the Highest State. Sun Valley, CA: American Historical Publishing, 2006. 400p. Index. Bibliography. 400 color and b & w illustrations. 10" x 13" hardback. $34.95. ISBN: 1-89272-452-9

Noel, Thomas J. Riding High: Colorado Ranchers & The First 100 Years of the National Western Stock Show. Golden: Fulcrum Publishing Co, 2005. xxi + 318 p. index. bibliography. appendices. maps. 350 photos and drawings. 9 x 12 hardback $50. paperback $32. ISBN 12-55591-563-9.

 Abbott, Carl, Stephen J. Leonard & Thomas J. Noel. Colorado: A History of the Centennial State. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2005. 4th edition. Xvi + 553 p. index. bibliography. endnotes. 122 photos, maps and drawings. Chronology. Biographies. Officials. Facts and Symbols. 6” x 9” paperback. $29.95. ISBN 0-87081-800-7.

Noel, Thomas J. Sacred Stones: Colorado’s Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. Denver: City & County of Denver Division of Theatres & Arenas, 2004. Foreword by Crosby, Stills & Nash. vi + 136 p. Index, bibliography, photos, drawings, maps. appendices list of performers by year.  ISBN: 0-9729530-0-0  12” x 9” $50 hardback. $34.95 paperback.

The Colorado Almanac: Facts about Colorado with Nuggets of Knowledge from Dr. Colorado. Portland, OR: West Winds Publishers, 2001. 232p. photos, maps, drawings. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" paperback. $12.95 1(800)-452-3032

Colorado : 1870-2000 Revisited: The History Behind the Images. By Thomas J. Noel & John Fielder. Englewood: Westcliffe Publishers, Inc., 2001. 340p. Index, bib., 156 pairs of historic and contemporary b&w photos. $25 hardback/$20 paperback.

A Pikes Peak Partnership: The Penroses and the Tutts with Cathleen Norman. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2000. xii + 264p. index. bib. endnotes. black & white & color photos.

The Montclair Neighborhood with William J. Hanson. Denver: Historic Denver, Inc., 1999. 112 p., index, bib., photos, drawings, maps.

Boulder County : An Illustrated History with Dan W. Corson. Boulder: Historic Boulder, Inc., 1999. 312 p., index, bib., color photos, drawings, maps, 10" x 12" hardback, $49.95

Colorado : A Liquid History & Tavern Guide to the Highest State. Golden: Fulcrum Publishing, 1999. 256 p. $19.95 7" x 9" 97 photos.

Colorado Givers: A History of Philanthropic Heroes with Steve Leonard & Kevin Rucker. Niwot: Univ. Press of Colorado, 1998. 129 p., index, bib., color illus, $24.95 hardback.

Buildings of Colorado. N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1997/2002 paperback reprint. 688 p., 450 illus., index, bib, maps, glossary.

Denver's Landmarks & Historic Districts: A Pictorial Guide, Foreword by Mayor Wellington Webb. Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1996/2001 reprint. 162 p., index, bib., illus., maps, appendices.

Colorado: The Highest State with Duane A. Smith. Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1995. 324 pp., index, bib., illus., maps.

Historical Atlas of Colorado with Paul F. Mahoney and Richard E. Stevens. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993, 1995 & 2000 paperback. xxviii and 134 pp., maps, index, and bib.

Denver: Mining Camp to Metropolis with Stephen J. Leonard. Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1990, 1992 paperback. 544 pp., notes, illus., maps, appendices, index.

Denver : The City Beautiful & It's Architects with Barbara Norgren. Denver: Historic Denver, Inc., 1987, 1994, 1997. 248 pp., illus., maps, bib., illustrated glossary of architectural terms, index.

The City & the Saloon: Denver, 1858-1916 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1982, 1997 paperback Univ. Press of Colorado), 148 pp., illus, maps, footnotes, bib., index (1985 Bison Book reprint).