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The Resource Rocky Mountain mining camps : the urban frontier, Duane A. Smith

Rocky Mountain mining camps : the urban frontier, Duane A. Smith

Label
Rocky Mountain mining camps : the urban frontier
Title
Rocky Mountain mining camps
Title remainder
the urban frontier
Statement of responsibility
Duane A. Smith
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Few Americans at the end of the Mexican War in 1848 dreamed of the vast mineral potential of the country they had wrested from their southern neighbor. Few would have believed that within a generation this land would be criss-crossed by prospectors in search of gold and silver, that valuable deposits would be found, and that permanent settlement would rapidly follow. From 1859 and the first gold rush until the 1890 this wilderness became the setting of the Western mining camp. The mining frontier, the camp--the germ of a city--appeared almost simultaneously with the opening of the region. To make his venture profitable, the miner needed to open lines of transport--and transportation soon brought many of the refinements and problems of urban civilization. Because he could not raise crops or make his own equipment, the miner attracted farmers and merchants to his camp; hence trade, and industry developed rapidly, often within a decade after the opening of the mining fields. Lawlessness, destructive fires, and rough-and-ready vigilante justice were among the uglier features of the young communities whose people were ill-prepared for the problems of urban government. The heyday of vice so often depicted in motion pictures was a relatively short interval in the life span of a typical mining camp, however, as the maturing communities quickly established schools, churches, and libraries. This is an absorbing history of the Rocky Mountain mining towns which traces their cycle of growth from birth to boom and either extinction or transformation into a permanent agricultural-mining community. Written in lively, nontechnical language, this study of a unique institution of the American past will interest both scholars and general readers"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
978
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F721
LC item number
.S647 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Rocky Mountain mining camps : the urban frontier, Duane A. Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: 1967
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The urban frontier -- Young America -- Not all were welcome -- When young America finds a good gold gulch -- Boom days -- Growing pains -- Maturing in spite of itself -- Magnet in the mountains -- Problems of urbanization -- The mature camp -- Community leadership -- Life was never easy -- A time for relaxation -- The tiger is found -- The promised land
Control code
2017009282
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
Paperback edition.
Extent
xii, 304 pages
Isbn
9780253031143
Isbn Type
(paperback : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2017009282
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
Rocky Mountain mining camps : the urban frontier, Duane A. Smith
Publication
Note
Originally published: 1967
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The urban frontier -- Young America -- Not all were welcome -- When young America finds a good gold gulch -- Boom days -- Growing pains -- Maturing in spite of itself -- Magnet in the mountains -- Problems of urbanization -- The mature camp -- Community leadership -- Life was never easy -- A time for relaxation -- The tiger is found -- The promised land
Control code
2017009282
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
Paperback edition.
Extent
xii, 304 pages
Isbn
9780253031143
Isbn Type
(paperback : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2017009282
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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