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Product Details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Western Reflections Publishing Co.; 2 edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890437204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890437206
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,067,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you are looking for a great read on what it was like living on the Western Slope between 1870 and 1883, then Early Days on the Western Slope of Colorado by Sidney Jocknick is a great choice." -- Montrose Morning Sun, June 18, 1998, by Mike Nobles

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Early days on the Western Slope of Colorado was first published in 1913. Original copies of the book are scarce and currently sell for up to $250. A 1968 reprint (itself out of print for almost ten years) sometimes commands a price of $100. Since Early Days on the Western Slope of Colorado is perhaps the primary source of information on the pioneer days of 1870 to 1883, we at Western Reflections felt it extremely important and urgent to make a less costly reprint of this book available.

This is the first of many worthwhile reprints of Colorado classics that we intend to make available over the coming years. This land that we are lucky enough to live in is not only of striking natural beauty (Sidney Jocknick called it "a region fit for the Gods"), but also one of fascinating history.

Sidney Jocknick arrived in Denver in 1870. He quickly noted the pork barrel practice that had created a Ute Indian agency in Denver, which wasn't even in traditional Ute territory. When the Denver Agency was closed and its employees moved to the actual Ute territory, he wrote that "I almost ran after them." He quickly hired on as the cook at the Ute agency. He marveled at the green-goggled Jabeze Neversink Trask, whom he described as "a very peculiar personage both in name and character....He was reported to be crazy." Jocknick ended his term as cook when he formed a labor strike of the cooks at nearly all the Indian agencies in the West. He then served as one of the cowboys responsible for the Ute's cattle herd. He was living in the western slope of Colorado at a time when other white men were not even allowed on the reservation. Later he became a prospector, rancher and farmer.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on January 4, 2011
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I purchased this book since it covers the local history of the Western Slope of Colorado and that is where I live. If you like the history of the west, including cowboys and indians and life in the old west then htis is the true tale by a man who lived it.
Sydney Jocknick lived in the southwest in the late 1800's and early 1900's and preserved the events and history in this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frederick on July 25, 2007
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This is a well written account of Western Slope history by someone who was there, on location.
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