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From the time of Coronado’s discovery to the era of modern ski resorts and sport climbing routes, adventurers have been lured irresistibly to the Rocky Mountains. In this book distinguished writer David Lavender traces the colorful history of the Rockies, focusing on the period that began in 1859 with the first gold strikes. The real and fabled attractions of gold, silver, furs, lumber, and lead brought swarms of people into the mountains, eagerly seeking wealth. A get-rich-quick spirit pervaded the Rockies, leading to lawlessness, violence, vigilantism, and political expediency. The Rockies is particularly revealing about the struggles which resulted in codes peculiar to the mountainous West. Duane A. Smith provides a new introduction to this Bison Books edition of The Rockies.
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David Lavender’s many books on the history of the American West include The Way to the Western Sea: Lewis and Clark across the Continent, Westward Vision: The Story of the Oregon Trail, and The Fist in the Wilderness, all available in Bison Books editions. Duane A. Smith is a professor of history and Southwest studies at Fort Lewis College. His many books include San Juan Gold and No One Ailing except a Physician: Medicine in the Mining West, 1848–1919.Review:
“As one of its earliest reviewers predicted, David Lavender’s The Rockies has indeed become the ‘standard’ work on the region.”—Denver Westerners Roundup (Denver Westerners Roundup)
“One of the best books ever published on the Rockies. . . . Immensely entertaining and most instructive. Lavender’s writing shows a love for this subject, and he has written more than twenty books about the West. This is one of his best.”—Colorado Prospector (Colorado Prospector)
"An informed and informative history of the majestic Rocky Mountains. . . . An engaging presentation as much about the impact of humanity as it is about the mountain range itself, The Rockies is a welcome addition to American History Studies reading lists and academic library collections."—The Midwest Book Review (The Midwest Book Review)
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Book Description Bison Books, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M080328019X