- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Kansas (May 12, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0700603646
- ISBN-13: 978-0700603640
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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West of Wichita: Settling the High Plains of Kansas, 1865-1890
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"A poignant account of human pathos and triumphs, of dreams and despair, of illusion and disillusion." -- Kansas History<br \><br \>"A wonderful book . . . about survivors who faced things head on." -- Kansas City Times<br \><br \>"Magnificent. . . . A subtle and often moving account of pioneer life. . . . A truly splendid book." -- Choice<br \><br \>"Miner treats the stuff of Plains history . . . with true originality and insight." --Great Plains Quarterly
"Rich in detail, warmed by the affection its author obviously feels for his subject." --Journal of American History
"This first-rate book is an important addition to the history of Kansas and to the study of western settlement." --American Historical Review
About the Author
Craig Miner is Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at Wichita State University. Among his books are Harvesting the High Plains: John Kriss and the Business of Wheat Farming, 1920-1950; Wichita: The Early Years, 1865-1880; and (with William E. Unrau) The End of Indian Kansas: A Study of Cultural Revolution, 1854-1874.
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As you read this book you can tell Craig Miner became very impressed with the tenacity of the people that settled western Kansas. He describes in detail the hardships they had to endure to establish a life in this very desolate frontier. He takes you through the lack of building materials causing the early settlers to use sod for constructing their houses, the drought, insects, snakes and less than honorable human beings that made life in this area a living hell at times.
A very good, well written book, I would recommend to all history buffs.