Rocky Mountain Boom Town: A History of Durango, Colorado

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"This Durango book is a model of local history....Non-Durangoan readers and those wanting a nice case study of a middle-sized town should find this handsome, generously illustrated book rewarding."
—Tom Noel, Rocky Mountain News

"Smith has a good 'historical' style, for one thing. He's obviously done a tremendous amount of research and he works in countless details-but smoothly and entertainingly. His is a dry understated humor. He makes Durango exciting without sensationalizing it."
The Sunday Oklahoman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870812576
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Board and on the Anima School House Museum Board.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Prologue 1
Pt. 1 Land of Milk and Honey, 1870-1982 3
1 Planters of Empire 5
2 "One More River to Cross" 12
3 "Until Durango Has a Population of 100,000" 26
4 Manifesting Its Destiny 38
Durango in the Nineteenth Century: A Pictorial Review 49
Pt. 2 Refiner's Fire, 1893-1916 65
5 "Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot" 67
6 King of the San Juan Basin 74
7 Days of Heartache and Ragtime 86
Pt. 3 Be of Good Courage, 1917-1941 99
8 Over There and Back Here 101
9 Durango, We Love You! 108
10 The Only Bonded Whorehouse in America 120
Durango in the Twentieth Century: A Pictorial Review 129
Pt. 4 Rise Up, the Winter Is Past, 1942-1969 153
11 Catalyst of a New Durango 155
12 This Is the Place 161
13 A Hell of a Place to Make a Movie 171
Pt. 5 Where There Is No Vision, 1970-1979 183
14 Crossroads of Dissent 185
15 Durango--Yesterday and Tomorrow: A Personal View 196
Epilogue 203
Into the Second Century 205
On Searching for Durango's Past: A Bibliographical Essay 209
Index 214
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    Great BOOK

    loved the book. We are moving to Durango and This book helped me understand more about the town and its history.

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