A Wild West History of Frontier Colorado: Pioneers, Gunslingers, and Cattle Kings on the Eastern Plains | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/wild-west-history-frontier-colorado-pioneers-gunslingers-and-cattle-kings-eastern-plains[12/7/2015 3:48:55 PM] Home A Wild West History of Frontier Colorado: Pioneers, Gunslingers, and Cattle Kings on the Eastern PlainsA Wild West History of Frontier Colorado: Pioneers, Gunslingers, and Cattle Kings on the Eastern PlainsSubmitted by nwharton on 10-31-2013 07:26 AMAuthor: Jolie Anderson Gallagher Publishing: Charleston, S.C.: The History Press, 2011. 143 pp. Reviewer: Robert E. Krause In A Wild West History of Frontier Colorado Jolie Anderson Gallagher offers an incisive look at some of the events, people, and stories central to the history of the states eastern plains. The author engages many of the themes of Colorados early cultural, political, and social histories to provide a narrative that is all at once informative, entertaining, and engaging. This is a colorful work with a broad range of applicable and interested audiences. Gallaghers goals are as bold as the path she describes from settlement to statehood in what can still be an unforgiving land. This book attempts to extract historical facts from the grand prevarications, writes the author, and she largely delivers on this endeavor.(9) She ably presents historically rooted, factual stories of colorful, violent, and often tragic moments in Colorados settlement. Along the way, the author allows these anecdotes to hit on several weighty concepts, not the least of which concern issues of historical memory and the creation of a frontier cultural and social identity in Colorado through the experiences of settlers on the eastern plains. Gallagher is careful to highlightbut not romanticizewhat was often a turbulent if not consistently violent setting. The author reinvestigates several seemingly distant but historically relevant accounts of Colorados settlement period, including the Sand Creek Massacre, patterns of conflict between U.S. federal troops and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, and the early political development of Denver and its impact upon statehood. This is Jolie Anderson Gallaghers first book, and it was nominated as a finalist for the Barbara Sudler Award. Contextual maps, contemporary and historic photographs, and historic illustrations all add to the depth of interest in this work for the reader. The precise and seemingly flowing narrative speaks to the authors ability to engage her audiences. A Wild West History of Frontier Colorado is both an entertaining and serious work of history that will be of interest to a wide range of reading audiences, and should be especially enjoyed by enthusiasts and students of Colorados history. Reviewer Info: Robert E. Krause works as a historic preservationist in the Prince William County (Virginia) Department of Public Works. A native of Bozeman, Montana, Krause has served as a curator, historic site director, and research historian for the past ten years. He earned his MA in environmental and public history from Oklahoma State University and his PhD in United States history from the University of Mississippi. His current research focuses on the architectural and environmental history of New Deal public works programs in Colorado, New Mexico, and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. 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 AmericanCasimiro Barela, state senator for over 37 years, fought to ensure Colorados first constitution was published in English, Spanish and German.