Isabella Bird

Inductee Name

Isabella Bird

Place of Birth

United Kingdom

Date of Birth

1831 – 1904

Year Inducted





Judy Richards



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Isabella Bird spent much of her life as a world traveler. Her first published books, “The Englishwoman in America” (1856) and “Aspects of Religion in the United States” (1859), were both best-sellers and described her first experience in our “new world.” Fascinated by Colorado, she wrote A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains, which vividly portrays her journey up Longs Peak, her two-room cabin home in Estes Park, and the 3,000-mile horseback trip she took across the Front Range. Willing to endure rough conditions and harsh weather in the spirit of travel, Bird became one of the foremost travel writers of all time; yet she remained a modest woman. In 1892 she became the first woman elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Books by Isabella Bird
A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains
Among the Tibetans
The Englishwoman in America
the Aspects of Religion in the United States of America
Pen and Pencil sketches Among the Outer Hebrides
Notes on Old Edinburgh
The Hawaiian Archipelago: Six Months Among the Palm Groves, Coral Reefs, and Volcanoes of the Sandwich Islands
The Two Atlantics
Australia Felix: Impressions of Victoria and Melbourne
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan: An Account of Travels on Horseback in the Interior
Sketches in the Malay Peninsula
The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither
A Pilgrimage to Sinai
the Yangtze Valley and Beyond: An Account of Journeys in China, Chiefly in the Province of Sze Chuan and Among the Man-tze of the Somo Territory
Korea and her Neighbors: A Narrative of Travel, With an Account of the Recent Vicissitudes and Present Position of the Country
Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan
Chinese Pictures: notes on photographs made in China
Letters to Henrietta
Six Months in the Sandwich Islands

Books containing reference to Isabella Bird

Embrace of the Wild
Celebrated Women Travelers of the Nineteenth Century
Unforgettable Women of Northern Colorado
A Curious Life for a Lady: The Story of Isabella Bird
Prose by Victorian Women: An Anthology
Some Famous Women
Amidst the Gold Dust: Women Who Forged the West
Ahead of Her Time: A Biographical Dictionary of Risk-Taking Women
Solitary Travelers: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Travel Narratives
Amazing Traveler, Isabella Bird: The Biography of a Victorian Adventurer
Celebrating the Land: Women’s Nature Writings, 1850 – 1991
Women Explorers of the World: Isabella Bird Bishop, Florence Dixie, Nellie Bly, Gertrude Bell, Margaret Bourke-White
Maiden Voyages: Writing of Women Travelers
In the Arms of the Sky
The Mountain Reader
Seven Women Explorers
Women of the World: Women Travelers and Explorers
The Life of Isabella Bird (Mrs. Bishop) Honorary Member of the Oriental Society of Peking, F.R.G.S., F.R.S.G.S.
Dead Reckoning: Great Adventure Writing From the Golden Age of Exploration 1800 – 1900
The Tobermory Manuscript: A Western Story
Extraordinary Women of the Rocky Mountain West
Women of Consequence: The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

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