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.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
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.
“Anschutz’s heroes were the business leaders who built the American West and his book, “Out Where the West Begins,” pays them homage in a series of easily digestible profiles…. to this extraordinary collection of individuals we owe the West as it is today. This is a book to stoke the imagination of any young person wondering where economic opportunity is to be found and how it is to be pursued. Hint: It’s not in the halls of government.” —Wall Street Journal