Urbanism and Empire in the Far West, 1840-1890

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"Examining seven states of the Far West, Eugene Moehring reveals how Americans used cities and towns to build their Western empire, developing their urban centers with wealth from the hinterlands - San Francisco, for example, built its initial fortune on the gold of the Mother Lode - and supplying their growing populations with foodstuffs and other essential resources from their rural tributaries while at the same time using their regional connections as outlets for the goods and services of the cities. Towns were also used as bases for further
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Overview

"Examining seven states of the Far West, Eugene Moehring reveals how Americans used cities and towns to build their Western empire, developing their urban centers with wealth from the hinterlands - San Francisco, for example, built its initial fortune on the gold of the Mother Lode - and supplying their growing populations with foodstuffs and other essential resources from their rural tributaries while at the same time using their regional connections as outlets for the goods and services of the cities. Towns were also used as bases for further advance into hitherto unsettled territories especially into Native American lands." The scope of Moehring's inquiry is vast, incorporating such themes as the roles of railroads, local and regional capital investment and boosterism in the creation of municipal centers, interactions with Indians: the relationship between water and town development; the importance of agricultural centers in reinforcing trade; the role of urban competition; and the part that cultural and racial superiority assumptions played in creating the American urban framework.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874175653
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Series: The Urban West Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Urbanism and Empire
Ch. 1 Northern California: From Gold Rush to Land Rush 1
Ch. 2 Southern California: Fashioning a Western Riviera 42
Ch. 3 Utah: Saints, Gentiles, and the Networking of Zion 83
Ch. 4 Nevada: Treasure Islands in the Desert 121
Ch. 5 Oregon: Pioneer Fever in the Rain Belt 167
Ch. 6 Washington: Granary, Apple Barrel, and Woodland 203
Ch. 7 Idaho: Ramifying Mountains Along the Nile 239
Ch. 8 Arizona: East of Eden, South of Zion - Colonialism Under Siege 277
Epilogue: Towns, the Frontier, and Colonialism 311
App Population, 1860-1890 323
Notes 339
Bibliographical Essay 387
Index 391
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