Frontiers of the Northwest: A History of the Upper Missouri Valley

Frontiers of the Northwest: A History of the Upper Missouri Valley

Frontiers of the Northwest: A History of the Upper Missouri Valley

Frontiers of the Northwest: A History of the Upper Missouri Valley

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Some fifteen years ago I began the study of the section I have termed the Northwest, or the Upper Missouri Valley, which comprises the states of North and South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming, overlapping into Idaho and northern Colorado. This area has had a common history. Here the northern herd of buffalo made its last stand and the miners hurried from one new find to another in our last golden age. Here men dug ditches to water their newly tilled fields and rode over ranges that stretched away to the horizon. And here to-day the rodeo and the frontier‐ day celebration, the dude ranch and the wild-western film strive in vain to recapture an era that has gone forever. Historians, too, realizing the impermanency of memories, are trying to keep for the future an accurate record of those colorful years, and to that effort this volume belongs.

A vast variety of material has been covered in preparing the manuscript, and I am indebted to more people than can possibly be named here. Acknowledgments are due R. G. Wellington, formerly professor of history at the University of South Dakota, who suggested this study; to Louis Pelzer, professor of American history at the University of Iowa, who for many years has been most helpful in his criticism and encouragement; to Herbert M. Kellar, director of the McCormick Historical Association, Chicago, who, in addition to allowing me the use of that library, also placed his own personal library at my disposal and made many valuable suggestions; to Everett E. Edwards, editor of Agricultural History, Washington, D. C., who allowed me full use of his personal files in the summer of 1936, as well as constantly supplying me with valuable bibliographies and mimeographed material; to . . .

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