A Remarkable Curiosity (Nonfiction)

 Amos J. Cummings, Edited by Jerald T. Milanich, University Press of Colorado, $26.95, Hardcover.
Amos J. Cummings, Edited by Jerald T. Milanich, University Press of Colorado, $26.95, Hardcover.

One of the most famous journalists of his day, Amos Jay Cummings wrote firsthand accounts of the Westward movement in 1873. A Forrest Gump of the time, he seemed to be everywhere. From the transcontinental railroad, he covered the Rocky Mountain miners and the prairie homesteaders and city entrepreneurs. His stories included an unfortunate encounter with Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of Mormon head Brigham Young, who was filing for divorce. A wonderful story of Pedro Armijo, a young sheepherder who came to Denver and eventually enjoys a tidy living, is just a sample of the great stories in this book.

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