A Swallow Press Book
By Frank Waters
New York Times
“Excellent book. Mr. Waters is peculiarly qualified to write about the Colorado. He grew up in the high country of the West—Cripple Creek and the Pikes Peak towns—then crossed the range and followed the Colorado down to the sea, not as a man choosing a subject for a book-but rather as a man who, having followed a river system down for other reasons, looked back over his own years and found what a story he had to tell.”
Weekly Book Review
“This wonderful and unusual book is more than a history of the region. In the author’s own remarkable words, ‘the book was an attempt to perceive… the presence of the spirit-of-place of the immense wilderness of the Colorado and its effect upon us.’”
The vast Colorado River collects water from the highest Rocky Mountain peaks and traverses the widest plateaus, the deepest canyons, and the lowest deserts before emptying into the delta of northern Mexico. This austere land and mighty river resist exploration, settlement, and description. But in the hands of one of the West’s great writers, Frank Waters, the history and lore of its past make irresistible reading and a resounding case for mankind’s respect for the environment.
Frank Waters (1902–1995), one of the finest chroniclers of the American Southwest, wrote twenty–eight works of fiction and nonfiction. More info →
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During the fabulous reign of Colorado Silver, innumerable prospectors passed by Pike’s Peak on their way to the silver strikes at Leadville, Aspen, and the boom camps in the Saguache, Sangre de Cristo, and San Juan mountain. Then, in 1890, a carpenter named Winfield Scott Stratton discovered gold along Cripple Creek. By 1900, this six square mile area on the south slope of Pike’s Peak supported 475 mines and led the world in gold production.
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The Old West has been viewed from many perspectives, from the scornful to the uncritically romantic. But seldom has it been treated with the honest nostalgia of the wonderful accounts and pictures gathered in Denver in Slices.Ohio University Press/Swallow Press is proud to reissue this Western classic, which includes a brief survey of all Denver history, some slices depicting the most fascinating places and characters.
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