General William Palmer: Railroad Pioneer | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/general-william-palmer-railroad-pioneer[12/8/2015 11:41:29 AM] Home General William Palmer: Railroad PioneerGeneral William Palmer: Railroad PioneerSubmitted by jainlayconley on 4-8-2011 12:51 PMAuthor: Joyce B. Lohse Publishing: Palmer Lake, CO: Filter Press LLC, 2010. Black and white photos, index, sources. 104 pages. 5 x 8. $8.95 paperback. Reviewer: Joey, Evan, and Emily (Youth Reviewers) Editors note: This is a review written by sixth-grade students of a nonfiction book geared towards young readers. All aboard! General William Palmer: Railroad Pioneer by Joyce B. Lohse is about a war veteran and philanthropist and his career as a railroad builder. Palmer built many railroads, including some over 350 miles long. After some time, he built his own company, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. The book explains how the railroad company used to put the tracks down, how William Palmer founded Colorado Springs, and how he built the Royal Gorge railroad. Palmer was a general for the Union troops in the Civil War, during which he was held as a prisoner of war in Castle Thunder near Richmond, Virginia. After the war he moved to the West and fell in love with a woman, Mary Lincoln Mellen, who was nicknamed Queen. After they married in 1870, the Palmers had nine children together. Later as the Palmers grew older, Queen suffered from poor health and eventually had a heart attack. Although she lived through the heart attack, she still had bad health and passed away in 1894two days after Christmas. Then, Palmer donated money for city parks, $100,000 for the Colorado School of Forestry, and much more. He died on March 13, 1909, at his home, Glen Eyrie. Over the years, William Palmer lived a long, charitable life. Its so cool how so many Colorado institutions, such as the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, were founded by this well-known philanthropist. General William Palmer: Railroad Pioneer won the Colorado Authors League 2010 Top Hand Award for Book-length Young Adult/Children Nonfiction. We would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Colorado history, especially railroads. It will also appeal to people who live, or have lived, in Colorado Springs. It has many photographs and drawings that illustrate Palmers life. It is an easy read, and we think the book would appeal to ages eight and up. Joyce B. Lohse was born on November 16, 1950. She is an author and journalist, and she studies genealogy. She puts these skills together and writes biographies. Lohse was a finalist for the Women Writing the Wests WILLA Literacy Award for Justina Ford: Medical Pioneer (Filter Press, 2004). Her other books are Unsinkable: The Molly Brown Story (Filter Press, 2006), Emily Griffith: Opportunity's Teacher (Filter Press, 2005), and A Yellowstone Savage: Life in Nature's Wonderland (J. D. Charles Publishing, 1988). General William Palmer has only 91 pages but packs many facts on Palmer and much information on other historical figures. This book is a must-read for young people who need information about General William EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanWithin Colorado boundaries are lands once claimed by Spanish kings and Mexican governors.
General William Palmer: Railroad Pioneer | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/general-william-palmer-railroad-pioneer[12/8/2015 11:41:29 AM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us Palmer. Reviewer Info: Joey, Evan, and Emily live in Colorado and are tackling sixth grade at a Jefferson County Public School. They are members of the Dozen Bananasa club for students who have exceptional writing abilities. In addition to being a good writer, Joey excels in math. His favorite sport is hockey. Evan is very smart and social. He enjoys decorating for events and hosting parties. He wants to write a novel. Emily loves to dance and perform. When she grows up she would like to be a dancer or a wedding planner. Add new commentComments comment Permalink Submitted by Anonymous on 4-8-2011 02:50 PMCool review. I think I might read this book reply good job Permalink Submitted by Anonymous on 4-8-2011 02:51 PMGreat job you guys! I especially liked the beginning---very creative. Go Dozen Bannanas!!! reply Dozen Bananas Rock! Permalink Submitted by Anonymous on 4-8-2011 08:40 PMI love your candid comments about this book. As the author of this book, there is nothing finer than reading the heart-felt reactions of the reader of my books. Thank you for your honest assessment. Keep reading and enjoying the subjects that you enjoy! Best wishes -Joyce B. Lohse reply