The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 287
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his feet in the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona, and he
stretches one arm across the Wasatch Range into Utah and Ne-
vada. Everything in the area is on the gigantic scale, from moun-
tains to men, from mines to mirages, from mules to mosquitoes.
In Rocky Mountain Tales the editors have drawn together a
rich variety of stories of the region, sidelighting its history from
the days of the Conquistadores' search for the Seven Cities of
Cibola through the times of the prospectors and trappers, the
cowboys and the emigrant wagon trains, up to the end of the
nineteenth century when the lusty, bawling little frontier towns
were forming the character of the great western cities of today.
Mr. Davidson and Mr. Blake are members of the faculty of the
University of Denver, where Mr. Davidson is chairman of the
department of history and Mr. Blake is an assistant professor
in the department of English. A great deal of research has gone
into compiling the Tales-much digging through the dusty files
of old newspapers and searching in the dusty archives of for-
gotten books, consulting contemporary written sources, and
listening to the reminiscences of early settlers. Nearly all of the
stories are quoted directly from source, and the contrasts in their
manner of telling are almost as. stimulating as their content.
The arrangement of such a mass of heterogeneous material
into a coherent book has been accomplished smoothly by classi-
fying the anecdotes under eight chapter headings. These might
be quoted to suggest the scope of the book: "Old Jim Bridger,"
"Fandango and Fofarraw," "Overland Trails," "Rocky Mountain
Gold," "Frontier Tbwns," "Open Range," "Pike' Peak Prevari-
cator," and "Unnatural Natural History." The editors step for-
ward briefly with an introduction at the beginning of each chap-
ter and insert such editorial comments between the stories as
are necessary for the continuity.
An almost legendary figure now, Jim Bridger was a trapper
and tradesman when the Rocky Mountains were opening to the
first flow of wagon trains and frontiersmen. He was a solitary
man with small patience for the tenderfoot and the gullible. He
saw many of nature's strangest manifestations in the West-he
was one of the first white men to know the region that is now
Yellowstone National Park-but the most amazing landscapes he
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