Hell on Wheels

Author: Dick Kreck
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
ISBN: 9781555919528
Release Date: 2016-03-23
Genre: Transportation

Overnight settlements, better known as "Hell on Wheels," sprang up as the transcontinental railroad crossed Nebraska and Wyoming. They brought opportunity not only for legitimate business but also for gamblers, land speculators, prostitutes, and thugs. Dick Kreck tells their stories along with the heroic individuals who managed, finally, to create permanent towns in the interior West.

Empire Express

Author: David Haward Bain
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101658048
Release Date: 2000-09-01
Genre: History

After the Civil War, the building of the transcontinental railroad was the nineteenth century's most transformative event. Beginning in 1842 with a visionary's dream to span the continent with twin bands of iron, Empire Express captures three dramatic decades in which the United States effectively doubled in size, fought three wars, and began to discover a new national identity. From self--made entrepreneurs such as the Union Pacific's Thomas Durant and era--defining figures such as President Lincoln to the thousands of laborers whose backbreaking work made the railroad possible, this extraordinary narrative summons an astonishing array of voices to give new dimension not only to this epic endeavor but also to the culture, political struggles, and social conflicts of an unforgettable period in American history.

Nothing Like It In the World

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743203178
Release Date: 2001-11-06
Genre: Business & Economics

Chronicles the race to finish the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s and the exploits, sacrifices, triumphs, and tragedies of the individuals who made it happen.

Rival Rails

Author: Walter R. Borneman
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 9781400065615
Release Date: 2010
Genre: History

From wagon ruts to railroad empire, the author of Polk writes an expansive account of the battle to control the heavily contested transportation corridors of the American Southwest and to build America's greatest transcontinental route, in a book that includes archival photos and 30 maps.

A Great and Shining Road

Author: John Hoyt Williams
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803297890
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Transportation

The Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads were officially joined on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah, with the driving of a golden spike. This historic ceremony marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Spanning the Sierras and the “Great American Desert,” the tracks connected San Francisco to Council Bluffs, Iowa. A Great and Shining Road is the exciting story of a mammoth feat that called forth entrepreneurial daring, financial wizardry, technological innovation, political courage and chicanery, and the heroism of thousands of laborers.

Murder at the Brown Palace

Author: Dick Kreck
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
ISBN: 9781555918729
Release Date: 2016-01-01
Genre: True Crime

On May 24, 1911, one of the most notorious murders in Denver's history occurred. The riveting tale involves high society, adultery, drugs, multiple murder, and more, all set in Denver's grand old hotel, the Brown Palace.

Rich People Behaving Badly

Author: Dick Kreck
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
ISBN: 9781682750117
Release Date: 2016-08-01
Genre: History

Take a trip back in time to revel in the scandal, murders, infidelities, financial misdeeds, and just plain bad behavior from Colorado's past. Public respectability does not always translate into tidy private lives, and our interest in the naughty behavior of the rich and famous will never be satisfied. Former Denver Post reporter Dick Kreck takes us back through Colorado's history to show that the foibles of people—rich or poor—remain the same. Included are socialites such as Louise Sneed Hill, who created and ruled over Denver's "Sacred 36" circle of society; Jane Tomberlin, who met and fell in love with a "prince" in an elevator at the Brown Palace Hotel; Irene Nolan, who cavorted late into the night with her family priest; and prominent Denver clubman Courtland Dines, who was wounded during a frolic with two silent-screen stars in his Hollywood apartment.

Iron Rails Iron Men and the Race to Link the Nation

Author: Martin W. Sandler
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763680411
Release Date: 2015-09-08
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

In the 1850s, gold fever swept the West, but people had to walk, sail, or ride horses for months on end to seek their fortune. The question of faster, safer transportation was posed by national leaders. But with 1,800 miles of seemingly impenetrable mountains, searing deserts, and endless plains between the Missouri River and San Francisco, could a transcontinental railroad be built? It seemed impossible. Eventually, two railroad companies, the Central Pacific, which laid the tracks eastward, and the Union Pacific, which moved west, began the job. In one great race between iron men with iron wills, tens of thousands of workers blasted the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, built the highest bridges that had ever been created, and finally linked the nation by two bands of steel, changing America forever.

Conspiracy of Ravens

Author: Lila Bowen
Publisher: Orbit
ISBN: 9780316302265
Release Date: 2016-10-11
Genre: Fiction

The sequel to Wake of Vultures and second novel in Lila Bowen's widely acclaimed Shadow series. Nettie Lonesome made a leap -- not knowing what she'd become. But now her destiny as the Shadow is calling. A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And Nettie must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on a dangerous mission that is pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life. When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn't black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens? The ShadowWake of VulturesConspiracy of RavensMalice of Crows

Mississippi Folk and the Tales They Tell

Author: Diane Williams
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9781625847386
Release Date: 2014-03-04
Genre: Photography

From the hills to the coast, the people of Mississippi have stories to tell. Most would never guess that Raleigh, Mississippi, once played host to the National Tobacco Spitting Contest. Over in Okolona, children are told of the man who lived--and died--deep down in a hole and scared passersby. From the gandy dancers who built the first train tracks in Mississippi to the eight-foot-tall man who lived in the woods of Columbia, read tales that range from common myth to a good bit of righteous gossip. Author and storyteller Diane Williams traveled across the Magnolia State to gather these local legends and has compiled them into an inquisitive, laugh-out-loud collection.

Petticoat Prisoners of Old Wyoming

Author: Larry K. Brown
Publisher:
ISBN: 093127155X
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Social Science

Historian Larry Brown once again uses his incredible research skills to bring the Old West to life. In this third volume of Brown's territorial crime series, he introduces us to the twenty-three women who served time in Old Wyoming's penitentiary. What did these women, wearing frills, lace, and their best bonnets for their mug shots, do to deserve time behind bars? Anna Bruce baked poison into her father's plum pie; Anna Trout abandoned her grandson in a train depot; Stella Gatlin found her kleptomania didn't mix with her work as a postmaster; Eliza "Big Jack" Stewart shot a man in the neck at a dance. The photographs in this book alone make it worth the price.

Tom Horn

Author: Chip Carlson
Publisher: High Plains Pr
ISBN: STANFORD:36105114677300
Release Date: 2001-07-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Horn was a death sentence to rustlers and the devil incarnate to homesteaders in late nineteenth-century Wyoming. The most notorious of the range detectives and the pre-eminent name in Wyoming history, he operated unchecked until he was arrested for the 1901 murder of the fourteen-year-old son of a sheep-ranching settler. The murder and questionable nature of Horn's conviction still ignite firestorms of controversy among historians and Wyomingites in general. With findings never before published, author Chip Carlson's monumental research draws the reader into questioning whether Tom Horn was actually railroaded for a murder he did not commit -- but could have. In this, Carlson's third book on events surrounding Tom Horn, he points to the probable killer of Willie Nickell. Many photographs and documents enhance this new book. Cover and interior artwork have been provided by Wyoming artist Larry Edgar. A foreword by Larry D. Ball, Ph.D., places the events in perspective. Before he was hanged Horn said, "I have lived about fifteen ordinary lives. I would like to have had somebody who saw my past and could picture it to the public. It would be the most god damn interesting reading in the country." Now author Chip Carlson provides that reading.

Rich People Behaving Badly

Author: Dick Kreck
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
ISBN: 9781682750117
Release Date: 2016-08-01
Genre: History

Take a trip back in time to revel in the scandal, murders, infidelities, financial misdeeds, and just plain bad behavior from Colorado's past. Public respectability does not always translate into tidy private lives, and our interest in the naughty behavior of the rich and famous will never be satisfied. Former Denver Post reporter Dick Kreck takes us back through Colorado's history to show that the foibles of people—rich or poor—remain the same. Included are socialites such as Louise Sneed Hill, who created and ruled over Denver's "Sacred 36" circle of society; Jane Tomberlin, who met and fell in love with a "prince" in an elevator at the Brown Palace Hotel; Irene Nolan, who cavorted late into the night with her family priest; and prominent Denver clubman Courtland Dines, who was wounded during a frolic with two silent-screen stars in his Hollywood apartment.

The Glass Castle

Author: Jeannette Walls
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439156964
Release Date: 2009-10-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Full Body Burden

Author: Kristen Iversen
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780307955647
Release Date: 2012-06-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Full Body Burden is a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman, Kristen Iversen, growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated "the most contaminated site in America." It's the story of a childhood and adolescence in the shadow of the Cold War, in a landscape at once startlingly beautiful and--unknown to those who lived there--tainted with invisible yet deadly particles of plutonium. It's also a book about the destructive power of secrets--both family and government. Her father's hidden liquor bottles, the strange cancers in children in the neighborhood, the truth about what was made at Rocky Flats (cleaning supplies, her mother guessed)--best not to inquire too deeply into any of it. But as Iversen grew older, she began to ask questions. She learned about the infamous 1969 Mother's Day fire, in which a few scraps of plutonium spontaneously ignited and--despite the desperate efforts of firefighters--came perilously close to a "criticality," the deadly blue flash that signals a nuclear chain reaction. Intense heat and radiation almost melted the roof, which nearly resulted in an explosion that would have had devastating consequences for the entire Denver metro area. Yet the only mention of the fire was on page 28 of the Rocky Mountain News, underneath a photo of the Pet of the Week. In her early thirties, Iversen even worked at Rocky Flats for a time, typing up memos in which accidents were always called "incidents." And as this memoir unfolds, it reveals itself as a brilliant work of investigative journalism--a detailed and shocking account of the government's sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats, and of local residents' vain attempts to seek justice in court. Here, too, are vivid portraits of former Rocky Flats workers--from the healthy, who regard their work at the plant with pride and patriotism, to the ill or dying, who battle for compensation for cancers they got on the job. Based on extensive interviews, FBI and EPA documents, and class-action testimony, this taut, beautifully written book promises to have a very long half-life.