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In Anne Ellis, readers will discover the perfect blend of the ordinary and the extraordinary, a pioneer who, "like the most valued of friends, is a woman of wry wit, plain courage, keen perceptions" (Molly Gloss). Powerfully conjuring up the world of the mining camps and the colorful communities of the central Rocky Mountains, Ellis interweaves an invaluable history of the nineteenth-century American West with a valiant personal tale.

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In Anne Ellis, readers will discover the perfect blend of the ordinary and the extraordinary, a pioneer who, "like the most valued of friends, is a woman of wry wit, plain courage, keen perceptions" (Molly Gloss). Powerfully conjuring up the world of the mining camps and the colorful communities of the central Rocky Mountains, Ellis interweaves an invaluable history of the nineteenth-century American West with a valiant personal tale.

A remarkable account of one woman's experiences living in the mining camps and communities of the central Rocky Mountains during the late 19th century. Relive the history of the pioneer West, the nomadic, boom or bust economy of mining, the daily struggle for survival, and the beauty of life as Anne Ellis found it. Photographs.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780395957837
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/11/1999
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Anne Ellis came as a child to Rosita, Colorado a mining town outside Westcliffe. She was raised there and in the mining camps of the eastern San Juans. She wrote her autobiographical account of pioneer life in 19th century Colorado mining camps, THE LIFE OF AN ORDINARY WOMAN, in 1929.

ROBERT W. BLY is the Director of the Center for Technical Communication, a consulting firm that specializes in business communication and marketing. He has been a copywriter and consultant for more than twenty years, and is the author of more than forty-five books.

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

    Marvelous Memoir of a Childhood

    Anne Ellis tells her own story in the voice/ language of her childhood days. She and her family, not without flaws, came to live in the Colorado mining camps of the earliest days of the 20th century.

    The tale is warm, heart-breaking, and colorful. You can feel the cold of cabin life. The rough, risky life of mining is not glossed over, and to see these images through the eyes of a child is most dramatic. This is NOT Little House on the Prairie.

    I highly recommend this book, not just for history fans, but for those who enjoy memoir. I also think 'Tweens might like this story of challenge and overcoming the odds.

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