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Industrial Cowboys: Miller & Lux and the Transformation of the Far West, 1850-1920 Hardcover – September 3, 2001
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"David Igler writes this intriguing history at the intersection of landscape, work and industry. He places the emergence of Western resource based corporations at the center of a set of cultural, economic, and natural changes that intersect and ramify in unforeseen directions."Richard White, author of "It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own": A New History of the American West
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I haven't read this yet---but will get to it someday!!
OH! my maternal grandpa worked for Henry Miller ranch in LB, back in the early 1900's, before he saved enough money to buy a piece of land. Papa groomed the carriage and horses. Also, I got to know his grandson, George Nickel, very well. A great family, tht carried on the local "Miller & Lux" business for many years.
As this was a derivative of a PhD dissertation, it was very scholarly. I was surprised at the "balance" of opinion on the subject, as he was quite controversial - you either loved him, or you hated him. I had read quite a bit of popular literature about him, and others of his persuasion, but they were quite opinionated - myth builders. This publication is very valuable for me, and my understanding of my "roots".
I ordered additional copies for key family members, our world-class western history room at the library, and our Historical Society research room.
Bill Renwick ( WR )
It gave me a new perspective for the area around me which most people, myself included take for granted. It is shameful how much of what Henry Miller amassed is now gone and with every passing day goes a little more of our local history.
A must read for anyone who relishes the era of days gone by and a time when every person could succeed if they worked hard and had some good old fashioned common sense.