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For centuries Wyoming was a land no one wanted--high, dry, and remote--more often a thoroughfare on the way to some place else than a final destination. Many of the sweeping developments that overtook the rest of the nation simply passed it by, leaving Wyoming to sit in lonely grandeur behind its granite walls and silent snows. The problem, explains T.A. Larson in this history, was people--and how to get them there.

The settlers who came to Wyoming stayed to build a special way of life. It is with them that important choices now rest. "The country where the wind blew in primeval purity will now breathe new odors," says author Larson, unless short-term profits can be balanced by long-term gains. If the right decisions are made, he concludes, it should be possible for Wyoming to "emerge from its primitive isolation in such a way that its greatest values are preserved and its old way of life left for those who choose to follow it." 

For centuries Wyoming was a land no one wanted--high, dry, and remote--more often a thoroughfare on the way to some place else than a final destination. The problem, explains T.A. Larson in this history, was people--and how to get them there. Taft Alfred Larson was a professor of history at the University of Wyoming and member of the Wyoming State House of Representatives.

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  • PDF | 228 pages
  • W. W. Norton & Company; New Edition edition (May 17, 1984)
  • English
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  • History

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  • By Pamela Terry on June 26, 2015

    seller ok. book disappointing

  • By Bomojaz on April 1, 2005

    This volume is part of the bicentennial States and the Nation series, which produced one book for each of the 50 states. It covers the state from 4 angles: as a major byway (but no stopping place) during trail days; as the first state to grant women suffrage; as the Cowboy state; and as an energy producing state. Interesting as far as it goes, but it's pretty much just a cursory overview. There are better books about Wyoming; Larson himself has written some of them.


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