|Name||Wagons West: Transportation, Entertainment, & Industry, more on Sphinx Park, Buffalo, Pine Grove, Bailey, & Beyond by Lee Heideman|
|Description||Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher:Magic Wordweaver Press, Printed by Morris Publishing Co., Kearney, NE
Shipping Weight: 8oz.Condition: Used, Like New
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price – $11.95
Lee Heideman is a local historian, a former teacher, former board member of the Jefferson County (CO) Historical Commission and a columnist for the Mountain Connection Newspaper. In addition to Wagons West, she has authored two other books, Homesteaders, Moonshiners, & Frontier Law and Maki’s Journey Begins. A long-time resident Conifer, CO (since 1970), Heideman brings a unique perspective to the history of Colorado’s mountain communities.
In her latest book, Wagons West, Heideman tells stories of the earliest pioneers of Colorado. She tells of their vaious modes of transportation, the unique ways they entertained themselves, and the various trades and industries they established to earn their livings. She also expands on the histories of Sphinx Park, Buffalo, Pine Grove, Bailey, and other communities she wrote about in Homesteaders, Moonshiners, & Frontier Law. I particularly enjoyed reading about the stagecoach company run by Col. Robert Spotswood. Spotswood is the namesake of the street on which I live in Littleton.
This book is a joy to read for anyone who wants to get first-hand reports about early life in these small, mountain communities. You will learn about the toll roads, mountain passes, wagon trains, steam locomotives, sawmills, mines and miners, hotels and resorts, and, of course, the saloons that made this land attractive to those adventurous pioneers that made Colorado what it is today. If you have ancestors from this area or you just enjoy history, read Wagons West.