Mining Frontiers of the Far West, 1848-1880

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The California Gold Rush was only the first of a series of rushes that brought the first permanent settlers to much of the Far West between 1848 and 1880. Despite a flood of popular writings on separate mining regions, this book is the first to view the entire movement as an integral part of the settlement process.

The author displays a thorough knowledge of all aspects of western mining: geology, technology, and economics, as well as history. His emphasis is not on bad men and ...

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Overview

The California Gold Rush was only the first of a series of rushes that brought the first permanent settlers to much of the Far West between 1848 and 1880. Despite a flood of popular writings on separate mining regions, this book is the first to view the entire movement as an integral part of the settlement process.

The author displays a thorough knowledge of all aspects of western mining: geology, technology, and economics, as well as history. His emphasis is not on bad men and vigilantes but on the ingenious contrivers of new techniques and machinery, the hardheaded capitalists who subsidized the development of the most promising mines, the builders of the transportation routes needed to link mining camps with markets.

"A long-needed book, rising far above the usual superficial romantic nonsense that surrounds the subject."--Virginia Quarterly

"With a fresh, penetrating approach, Paul strips away the glamor and views the mining frontiers not only in their bearing on national development, but also in terms of their interrelationship with each other."--American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826303158
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1974
  • Series: Histories of the American Frontier Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Rodman W. Paul (1912-1987) was professor of history at the California Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
The Songs
Foreword to the 2001 Edition
Foreword to the 1963 Edition
Preface
1 Gold and Silver Regions as Frontiers 1
2 California, 1848-1858 12
3 Opening the Far West, 1858-1868 37
4 The Comstock Lode, 1859-1880 56
5 A Study in Contrasts: California and Nevada, 1859-1880 87
6 Colorado, 1859-1880 109
7 Northwest and Southwest, 1860-1880 135
8 First Attempts at Self-Government 161
9 Culmination in the Black Hills 176
The Mining Frontier: Another Viewpoint 197
10 Breaking and Building Communities 200
11 The World's Convention 226
12 Worlds of Work 253
Notes 285
A Note on Statistics 313
Essay on Bibliography 315
Index 335
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