Edward Berthoud spent much of his life surveying wagon roads and Railroads that opened up the American west. In 1861, he pioneered a trail into Middle Park over the pass that bears his name. He settled in Golden City, Kansas territory, in April of 1860 and spent the remainder of his life there, becoming an active citizen of his city and his state. In addition to his work on railroads throughout the territory and state of Colorado, Edward helped develop the school of mines, worked as the state historian and was the Mayor of Golden in 1890. Edward Berthoud’s life exemplifies 19th century western expansion in the United States.