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.
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.
Out Where the West Begins
Profiles, Visions & Strategies of Early Western Business Leaders
Philip F. Anschutz, et al.
Cloud Camp Press, 2015
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