Elliott West is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas. His works include The Way to the West: Essays on the Central Plains.
The Saloon on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontierby Elliott West
Elliott West’s careful analysis of the role and development of the saloon as an institution on the mining frontier provides unique insights into the social and economic history of the American West. Drawing on contemporaneous newspapers and many unpublished firsthand accounts, West shows that the physical evolution of the saloon, from crude tents and shanties into elegant establishments for drinking and gaming, reflected the growth and maturity of the surrounding community.
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