Book Reviews

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Phil Goodstein

As university archivist at the University of Denver, I am often asked questions such as “Is the Mary Reed Building haunted?” People ask me this with a straight face as if I can possibly prove it one way or the other, like giving them the date of a building’s cornerstone. Phil Goodstein, that...

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Lisa Strong

Lisa Strong is an independent art scholar; she received her PhD in art history from Columbia University and has worked as a research fellow at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Maryland Historical Society, the Winterthur Library, and the Amon Carter Museum. Strong served as...

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Beth Sagstetter and Bill Sagstetter

I didn’t want to like this book. I was dreading the task of plodding through another “I’m-so-one-with-the-past” tome about ancient puebloan life, cliff dwellings, and the deep dark mysteries of the past. After all, I’m a Plains archaeologist who did a few years in the Southwest and quickly...

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Jonathan H. Rees

At the end of the twentieth century, it appeared that the history of mining in Colorado and relations between management and labor had been thoroughly explored. However, in recent years, several authors have revisited the topic and have provided important new perspectives. The Rockefeller family...

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Thomas J. Noel and Debra Faulkner

Every five years or so a new coffee table folio makes its debut with splashy color photos of the Mile High City, accompanied by pages of booster prose but otherwise devoid of any real substance. Happily the latest venture into this genre, Mile High Tourism: Denver's Convention and Visitor...

Bill Blanning, ed.

Francis Schlatter, one of the most remarkable figures in Denver’s early history, believed himself to be the reincarnated Messiah. One might speculate that his wish was fulfilled—historically, that is. Though he presumably died in 1896 on a mountainside in Mexico, he has reemerged many times...

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Marlise Reed

Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc. and Metcalf Archaeological Consultants carried out substantial archaeological excavations on behalf of Rockies Express Pipeline and Wyoming Interstate Company as part of federal government compliance for the construction of two natural gas pipelines in Rio...

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Mark Matthews

Nothing physical remains of Drop City, located in El Moro, north of Trinidad, Colorado—but for a brief time this utopia provided a haven for a handful of artists to live apart from the social and economic norms of the United States. Established in May 1965, this community gained fame for the...

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Jan MacKell

It’s likely that more books and articles have been written about prostitutes in the Old West than any other group of women. While the importance of red light ladies in the grand scheme of westward expansion may be disputed, their ubiquitous presence in mining camps, small towns and cities is...

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Ed Raines

Welcome to a visual treat of Colorado’s mining history from the exciting days of 1859 to 1920, when mining’s great era ended. By then, the industry had evolved from the pioneering placer days of 1859 to the hard rock days, with miners burrowing deep into the granite. Mining had gone from...

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