Out Where the West Begins: Profiles, Visions, and Strategies of Early Western Business Leaders

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University of Oklahoma Press, Dec 15, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 392 pages
Between 1800 and 1920, an extraordinary cast of bold innovators and entrepreneurs—individuals such as Cyrus McCormick, Brigham Young, Henry Wells and James Fargo, Fred Harvey, Levi Strauss, Adolph Coors, J. P. Morgan, and Buffalo Bill Cody—helped lay the groundwork for what we now call the American West. They were people of imagination and courage, adept at maneuvering the rapids of change, alert to opportunity, persistent in their missions.

They had big ideas they were not afraid to test. They stitched the country together with the first transcontinental railroad, invented the Model A and built the roads it traveled on, raised cities and supplied them with water and electricity, established banks for immigrant populations, entertained the world with film and showmanship, and created a new form of western hospitality for early travelers. Not all were ideal role models. Most, however, once they had made their fortunes, shared them in the form of cultural institutions, charities, libraries, parks, and other amenities that continue to enrich lives in the West today.
 
Out Where the West Begins profiles some fifty of these individuals, tracing the arcs of their lives, exploring their backgrounds and motivations, identifying their contributions, and analyzing the strategies they developed to succeed in their chosen fields.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
WILLIAM HENRY ASHLEY
CHARLES AND WILLIAM BENT AND CERAN ST VRAIN
CYRUS MCCORMICK
JOHN WESLEY ILIFF
HENRY MILLER
HENRY WELLS AND WILLIAM FARGO
BENJAMIN HOLLADAY
MEYER GUGGENHEIM
ROCKEFELLER
GEORGE HEARST
SAMUEL COLT
G F SWIFT
CHARLES A PILLSBURY
HENRY FORD
WALTER SCOTT CHEESMAN

DURANT
THEODORE JUDAH
WILLIAM JACKSON PALMER
FRED HARVEY
J P MORGAN
CARL LAEMMLE
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Philip F. Anschutz is owner of The Anschutz Corporation, Denver, Colorado, whose major business interests are in communications, transportation, natural and renewable resources, real estate, lodging, and entertainment. A native of Kansas, he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1961 with a degree in business. He started The Anschutz Corporation in 1965. He has served on boards and committees of various charitable, civic, industry, and financial organizations. Among Mr. Anschutz’s personal interests is the collecting of paintings of the early American West.

William J. Convery,retired as Colorado State Historian and Director of Exhibits and Interpretation for History Colorado, teaches history at the University of Colorado, Denver. 

Thomas J. Noel is Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation, and Colorado Studies at University of Colorado Denver. He appears regularly on Denver’s Channel 9 (NBC) as “Dr. Colorado,” writes a Sunday Denver Post column, and is the author or coauthor of more than 40 books, including Colorado: A History of the Centennial State (coauthored with Carl Abbott and Steve Leonard) and Colorado: A Liquid History and Tavern Guide to the Highest State.

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