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1 BEATON, GAIL M.; NOEL, THOMAS J. (FOREWORD). Colorado Women: A History.
University Press of Colorado, Boulder: 2013. A Timberline Book. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
"An excellent book with which to begin research on Colorado of any period . . . a good beginning in appreciating the important contributions of Colorado women." - Pat Pascoe, former Colorado state senator and author of Helen Ring Robinson: Colorado Senator and Suffragist 
Price: 23.70 USD
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2 BIRD, ISABELLA L.; BOORSTIN, DANIEL J. (INTRODUCTION). A Lady's Life In The Rocky Mountains.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 1960. Volume 14 in the Western Frontier Library Series. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Women were scarce enough in the West of the late nineteenth century, and a middle-ages English lady traveling alone, by horseback, was a real phenomenon. It was during the autumn and early winter of 1873 that Isabella Bird made this extended tour of the Rocky Mountain area of Colorado, when she was on her way back to England from the Sandwich Islands. What she called "no region for tourists and women" is today a popular resort, though some of the back trails retain their inaccessibility and wild aspect. "In its simple and disarming style, it is a great piece of reporting on a rugged frontier." - San Francisco Chronicle "Delightful letters by an English spinster who recorded a considerable portion of the real West." - Saturday Review "This book is a jewel case of keen perception, social analysis, and masterful description for this era." - Chicago Tribune 
Price: 7.79 USD
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Denver Art Museum, Denver: 2009. Western Passages Series. First Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Celebrates the works of artists who expressed special allegiance to Colorado. With its vast prairies and impressive mountains, Colorado has been a mecca for painters since the beginning of the nineteenth century. This latest volume in the Denver Art Museum's Western Passages series celebrates a diverse group of painters who found special allegiance to the Rockies and to the human history of Colorado. Many who ventured into Colorado in the 1800s sought inspiration in the land. The state attracted such masters of landscape painting as Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Worthington Whittredge. So pervasive and popular were images of Colorado's peaks that some art historians have dubbed those who portrayed these sites as the "Rocky Mountain School." During the 1900s, focus shifted to the human story, and artists benefited from the organizational activities of the Denver Artists Club, founded by a group of women artists who were instrumental in the eventual founding of the Denver Art Museum. Natasha Brandstatter has curated shows at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado, and served as a Bruce and Dorothy Dines Western American Art Intern at the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum. Meredith M. Evans is project manager for the exhibition catalog European Design since 1985: Shaping the New Century. She previously served as curatorial assistant in the Department of Architecture, Design & Graphics at the Denver Art Museum. Peter H. Hassrick is director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art. Nicole A. Parks serves as the curatorial assistant for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art. 
Price: 10.40 USD
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4 DEMPSEY, STANLEY & FELL, JR., JAMES E. Mining The Summit: Colorado's Ten Mile District, 1860-1960.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2014. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Colorado's Ten Mile Mining District was north of Leadville and south of Copper Mountain. Sandwiched between two mountain ranges, fully two miles above sea level, the district had a remarkable history that was a microcosm of the mining West. The first adventurers came to Ten Mile in 1860, searching for gold—the instant wealth that might be found on the icy streambed bordering an ancient Indian trail through the Ten Mile Valley. But digging through snowdrifts in mid-summer was just too much, the gold petered out, and the boom collapsed. Twenty years later came a silver stampede in the middle of winter, which was followed by many more dramatic events: a bonanza king shot in the midst of a claim dispute, a devastating fire that wiped out an entire town in a single night, a railroad war, the battle of an eminent geologist against a recalcitrant federal bureaucracy, and the invention of a world-famous piece of mining machinery by an introspective entrepreneur. Finally, during World War I came the rush to mine molybdenum, the metal that made Ten Mile one of the world's most important mining districts, one that rivaled Leadville and Cripple Creek. Although mineral production impelled every phase of ten Mile's development, the climate and the mountain geography also influenced the men and women who lived there. The district was so high that the short summers, long winters, and frequently inclement weather altered production, hampered communications, and disrupted transportation, making the miners' hard life much more difficult. Subfreezing temperatures, deep snows, and deadly avalanches created havoc from October to May and beyond, while the spring runoff turned roads into quagmires. Although Ten Mile's history and situation were unique, the district reflected developments throughout Colorado and the mining West. Each new discovery triggered a larger-scale mobilization of capital and labor, the use of more advanced technology, and the ongoing development of the infrastructure needed to support mining. Such themes characterized American mining during the century covered in this fascinating book. 33 black and white Illustrations, 2 maps. Stanley Dempsey holds a B.A. in geology and a J.D. from the University of Colorado and a PMD from Harvard Business School. In the early 1960s he negotiated the acquisition of much of the Ten Mile Mining District by Amax, Inc. He is Chairman of Royal Gold, Inc. and lives in the greater Denver area. James E. Fell, Jr. holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Colorado and has been a professor at the University of Colorado since 1990. He received the Mining History Association's 2004 Rodman Paul Award of distinction in the field and for service to the organization. He is the author of Ores to Metals and coauthor of Aurora: Gateway to the Rockies. 
Price: 18.95 USD
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5 FIELDER, JOHN (PHOTOGRAPHY AND TEXT). Colorado's Hidden Valleys.
Westcliffe Publishers, Englewood: 1981. 0942394003 / 9780942394009 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Contains 139 full color photographs. Covers Colorado's expansive arrays of wildflowers to their broad forests of conifers and aspen. 
Price: 9.45 USD
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6 HUBER, THOMAS P. An American Provence.
University of Colorado Press, Boulder: 2011. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
"I have talked about luscious wines and succulent fruit and exquisite dinners. But there may be no more evocative experience of the two valleys than the smell of new-mown hay in the fields at dusk. If a person were to close their eyes, they could not tell if they were in Provence or the North Fork Valley. That sweet, earthy odor is part of the beauty of these places." - From An American Provence In this poetic personal narrative, Thomas P. Huber reflects on two seemingly unrelated places-the North Fork Valley in western Colorado and the Coulon River Valley in Provence, France - and finds a shared landscape and sense of place. What began as a simple comparison of two like places in distant locations turned into a more complex, interesting, and personal task. Much is similar-the light, the valleys, the climate, the agriculture. And much is less so-the history, the geology, the physical makeup of villages. Using a geographer's eye and passion for the land and people, Huber examines the regions' similarities and differences to explore the common emotional impact of each region. Part intimate travelogue and part case study of geography in the real world, An American Provence illuminates the importance sense of place plays in who we are. Thomas P. Huber is a professor of geography and environmental studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. 
Price: 28.45 USD
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Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, Portland: 1987. 0932575315 / 9780932575319 Eighth Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Concentrating on the wild and scenic beauty of the state, COLORADO II contains Muench's newest work, his favorite subjects, and some of his most remarkable photographs. Colorado's varied topography includes mountains and forests, lakes and grasslands, mesas, alpine flowers, and wildlife. Organized into wilderness areas, this magnificent collection of photographs includes landscapes of the San Juan Mountains, the high plains and the grasslands, Front Range, Sawatch Range, Mosquito Range, and the Flattop and Zirkel Wilderness. 
Price: 23.23 USD
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University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2015. Revised Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
This is a thoroughly revised edition of the Historical Atlas of Colorado, which was coauthored by Tom Noel and published in 1994. Chock-full of the best and latest information on Colorado, this new edition features thirty new chapters, updated text, more than 100 color maps and 100 color photos, and a best-of listing of Colorado authors and books, as well as a guide to hundreds of tourist attractions. Colorado received its name (Spanish for "red") after much debate and many possibilities, including Idaho (an "Indian" name meaning "gem of the mountains" later discovered to be a fabrication) and Yampa (Ute for "bear"). Noel includes other little-known but significant facts about the state, from its status as first state in the Union to elect women to its legislature, to its controversial "highest state" designation, elevated by the 2013 legalization of recreational cannabis. Noel and cartographer Carol Zuber-Mallison map and describe Colorado's spectacular geography and its fascinating past. The book's eight parts survey natural Colorado, from rivers and mountains to dinosaurs and mammals; history, from prehistoric peoples to twenty-first-century Color-oddities; mining and manufacturing, from the gold rush to alternative energy sources; agriculture, including wineries and brewpubs; transportation, from stagecoach lines to light rail; modern Colorado, from the New Deal to the present (including politics, history, and information on lynchings, executions, and prisons); recreation, covering not only hiking and skiing but also literary locales and Colorado in the movies; and tourism, encompassing historic landmarks, museums, and even cemeteries. In short, this book has information—and surprises—that anyone interested in Colorado will relish. 112 color maps, 109 color illustrations, 7 charts, 1 table, 12" x 9.5". Thomas J. Noel is Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation, and Colorado Studies at University of Colorado Denver. He appears regularly on Denver's Channel 9 (NBC) as "Dr. Colorado," writes a Sunday Denver Post column, and is the author or coauthor of more than 40 books, including Colorado: A History of the Centennial State (coauthored with Carl Abbott and Steve Leonard) and Colorado: A Liquid History and Tavern Guide to the Highest State. Carol Zuber-Mallison is an award-winning freelance artist specializing in maps and informational graphics. For 14 years she was an editor and artist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News. She is also cartographer for the Texas Almanac. 
Price: 37.95 USD
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9 ROOT, ROBERT. Following Isabella: Travels In Colorado - Then And Now.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2009. Original Paperback. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
A contemporary writer explores the landscape of his new home in the footsteps of an earlier wanderer. A world traveler, Isabella Bird recorded her 1873 visit to Colorado Territory in her classic travel narrative, A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains. This work inspired Robert Root's own discovery of Colorado's Front Range following his move from the flatlands of Michigan. In this elegantly written book, Root retraces Bird's three-month journey, seeking to understand what Colorado meant to her—and what it would come to mean for him. Following Isabella is a work of intersecting histories. Root interweaves an overview of Bird's life and work with regional history, nature writing, and his own travels to produce a uniquely informative and entertaining narrative. He probes Bird's self-transformation as her writing moved from private letters to published books, and also draws on reflections of other authors of her day, including Grace Greenwood and Helen Hunt Jackson. Like Bird, Root experiences his most fulfilling moments in the mountains, climbing formidable Longs Peak, living alone in the cabin of famed editor William Allen White, and wandering wild landscapes. Through reflections on earlier writers' experiences, and by weighing his own response to them, Root learns not only how to come to Colorado, as visitors so often do, but more important, how to stay. Robert Root, Professor Emeritus of English, Central Michigan University, teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University. An author and editor, he recently published Landscapes with Figures: The Nonfiction of Place and The Nonfictionist's Guide: On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction. 
Price: 18.95 USD
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10 SMITH, DUANE A. The Trail Of Gold And Silver.
University of Colorado Press, Boulder: 2010. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
In The Trail of Gold and Silver, historian Duane A. Smith details Colorado's mining saga - a story that stretches from the beginning of the gold and silver mining rush in the mid-nineteenth century into the twenty-first century. Gold and silver mining laid the foundation for Colorado's economy, and 1859 marked the beginning of a fever for these precious metals. Mining changed the state and its people forever, affecting settlement, territorial status, statehood, publicity, development, investment, economy, jobs both in and outside the industry, transportation, tourism, advances in mining and smelting technology, and urbanization. Moreover, the first generation of Colorado mining brought a fascinating collection of people and a new era to the region. Written in a lively manner by one of Colorado's preeminent historians, this book honors the 2009 sesquicentennial of Colorado's gold rush. Smith's narrative will appeal to anybody with an interest in the state's fascinating mining history over the past 150 years. Duane A. Smith is a professor of history at Fort Lewis College in Durango, and is the author or coauthor of more than fifty books on Colorado and the West. He also serves as chair of the Durango Parks and Forestry Borad and on the Anima School House Museum Board. "This book proudly celebrates Colorado's 150 years of mining." - David A. Wolff, Western Historical Quarterly "Our high country can be a terrifying place even with the best technology available in 200, but Smith's chronicle of those who somehow tamed the land 150 years ago under primitive conditions tells a story that's nothing short of miraculous." - Ted Holteen, The Durango Herald "With his lively style of writing, it will appeal to general readers, while two sections of rare old photos put the human face on our mining history." - Colorado Central Magazine "The Trail of Gold and Silver is a superb overview of hard rock mining, a survey which ponders past failures as well as successes. From bonanzas such as Cripple Creek to Summitville's environmental disaster, Colorado Mining has had ups and downs as high as Mount Elbert and as deep as the Royal Gorge." - Tom Noel, The Denver Post 
Price: 25.60 USD
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11 TYLER, DANIEL. Silver Fox Of The Rockies: Delphus E. Carpenter And Western Water Compacts.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2003. 0806135158 / 9780806135151 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Delphus E. Carpenter (1877-1951) was Colorado's commissioner of interstate streams during a time when water rights were a legal battleground for western states. A complex, unassuming man as rare and cunning in politics and law as the elusive silver fox of the Rocky Mountain West, Carpenter boldly relied on negotiation instead of endless litigation to forge agreements among states first, before federal intervention. In Silver Fox of the Rockies, Daniel Tyler tells Carpenter's story and that of the great interstate water compacts he helped create. Those compacts, produced in the early twentieth century, have guided not only agricultural use but urban growth and development throughout much of the American West to this day. In Carpenter's time, most western states relied on the doctrine of prior appropriation--first in time, first in right--which granted exclusive use of resources to those who claimed them first, regardless of common needs. Carpenter feared that population growth and rapid agricultural development in states sharing the same river basins would rob Colorado of its right to a fair share of water. To avoid that eventuality, Carpenter invoked the compact clause of the U.S. Constitution, a clause previously used to settle boundary disputes, and applied it to interstate water rights. The result was a mechanism by which complex issues involving interstate water rights could be settled through negotiation without litigating them before the U.S. Supreme Court. Carpenter believed in the preservation of states rights in order to preserve the constitutionally mandated balance between state and federal authority. Today, water remains critically important to the American West, and the great interstate water compacts Carpenter helped engineer constitute his most enduring legacy. Of particular significance is the Colorado River Compact of 1922, without which Hoover Dam could never have been built. "Carpenter's life mirrored the Great Divide he revered. He loved the shining mountains and the Great Plains that take one inevitably to them. He drew from their strength as a husband, father, lawyer, legislator, and craftsman of treaties."--Greg Hobbs, Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court Daniel Tyler is Professor Emeritus of History at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He is the author of The Last Water Hole in the West. Donald J. Pisani, who wrote the Foreword, is the Merrick Chair of Western American History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He is the author of Water, Land, and Law in the West: The Limits of Public Policy, 1850-1920. 
Price: 32.30 USD
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12 ZHU, LIPING. The Road To Chinese Exclusion: The Denver Riot, 1880 Election, And Rise Of The West.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: 2013. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Denver in the Gilded Age may have been an economic boomtown, but it was also a powder keg waiting to explode. When that inevitable eruption occurred—in the Anti-Chinese Riot of 1880—it was sparked by white resentment at the growing encroachment of Chinese immigrants who had crossed the Pacific Ocean and journeyed overland in response to an expanding labor market. Liping Zhu's book provides the first detailed account of this momentous conflagration and carefully delineates the story of how anti-Chinese nativism in the nineteenth century grew from a regional political concern to a full-fledged national issue. Zhu tells a complex tale about race, class, and politics. He reconstructs the drama of the riot—with Denver's Rocky Mountain News fanning the flames by labeling the Chinese "the pest of the Pacific"—and relates how white mobs ransacked Chinatown while other citizens took pains to protect their Asian neighbors. Occurring two days before the national election, it had a decisive impact on sectional political alignments that would undercut the nation's promise of equal rights for all peoples made after the Civil War and would have repercussions lasting well into the next century. By examining the relationship between the anti-Chinese movement and the rise of the West, this work sheds new light on our understanding of racial politics and sectionalism in the post-Reconstruction era. As the West's newfound political muscle threatened Republican hegemony in national politics, many Republican legislators compromised their commitment to equal rights and unfettered immigration by joining Democrats to pass the noxious 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act—which was not repealed until 1943 and only earned congressional apologies in 2011 and 2012. The Denver Anti-Chinese Riot strikes at the core of the national debate over race and region in the late nineteenth century as it demonstrates a correlation between the national retreat from the campaign for racial equality and the rise of the American West to national political prominence. Thanks to Zhu's powerful narrative, this once overlooked event now has a place in the saga of American history—and serves as a potent reminder that in the real world of bare-knuckle politics, competing for votes often trumps fidelity to principle. LIPING ZHU is professor of history at Eastern Washington University, author of A Chinaman's Chance: The Chinese on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier, and coauthor of Ethnic Oasis: The Chinese in the Black Hills. "Zhu breaks new, important ground in this superbly researched volume. His cross-continental study links the 1880 Denver Anti-Chinese Riot with the unexpected outcome of that year's election. Here, for the first time, we see the revealing connections between racism and politics in the 1880 election and in the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882."—Richard W. Etulain, author of Re-Imagining the Modern American West "Zhu's study of regional politics in the American West leading to the national decision to exclude Chinese from the country is a must-read for those wanting to understand the current immigration dilemma."—William Wei, author of The Asian American Movement "A diligently researched, clearly written, illuminating look into a scary closet of America's dark history. Rarely are local and national history so skillfully intertwined."—Tom Noel, Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies, University of Colorado Denver "Zhu's revelations about the impact of the Denver Riot are fascinating and offer a new look at the Election of 1880 and the changing sectional rivalries playing out in the late nineteenth century."—Diana Ahmad, author of The Opium Debate and Chinese Exclusion Laws in the Nineteenth-Century American West 
Price: 35.63 USD
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