This is my latest book, which will be published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in May. I’ve been working on the book for more than five years and I’m thrilled that we’re finally nearing publication.
Those people interested in preordering the book can do so through independent bookstores such as Grand Valley Books and Out West Books in Grand Junction and Lithic Books in Fruita.
Here is a link to an Independent Booksellers site to find other book stores if you’re not in the Grand Junction/Fruita area.
From peaches to potatoes, important crops are being harvested across western Colorado, and harvesting will continue through late autumn. So, I thought I’d write a couple of history columns about crops that were important to this region historically.
The first column is about sugar beets, which were a significant cash crop in the area for many decades, until Holly Sugar closed its last sugar plant on the Western Slope, in Delta, in the 1970s.
The second column is about potatoes, which remain an important crop today in parts of western Colorado and especially, the San Luis Valley, This item is about the mobile education system used to train farmers early in the 20th century in the art of growing potatoes.
Jack Dempsey, the long-time heavyweight boxing champion, won his title 100 years ago this week. But long before that fight in Toledo, Ohio, Dempsey lived, worked and fought across much of western Colorado.
Above is the cover of a book that came out in the 1980s, which provides a detailed history of Dempsey’s time in Colorado. Below is a link to my history column about Jack Dempsey.