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The Rise of the Centennial State: Colorado Territory, 1861-76

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This is the first single-volume history of the Colorado territory, encompassing the entire territorial period from the beginning of the Civil War to 1876, when Colorado became a state. The Rise of the Centennial State traces the growth of the territory as new technologies increased mining profits and as new modes of transportation - especially the Union Pacific and Kansas ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by University of Illinois Press (first published March 5th 2007)
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Rays1944
Dec 14, 2009 Rays1944 rated it liked it
A fine short history of Colorado's territorial period, it ends with the state's admission to the Union in 1876. Many contemporary problems –how big should government be, what is its role, how should minorities/natives be treated, preservation vs. extraction or exploitation – saw the light of day during the territorial period. I wouldn't say it's "stay up all night to finish" reading, but it's well done.

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Paul
Jun 25, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it
good political history of Colorado territory and becoming a state. Lots of familiar names for Colorado residents. Quick read at 157 pages. Lots of info, reads well, not just a dry list of dates and facts.
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