A remarkable curiosity : dispatches from a New York City journalist's 1873 railroad trip across the American West / Amos Jay Cummings ; edited and compiled by Jerald T. Milanich.Material type: TextPublication details: Boulder, Colo. : University Press of Colorado, ©2008. Description: 1 online resource (x, 371 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780870819858; 0870819852Subject(s): Cummings, Amos J. (Amos Jay), 1841-1902 -- Travel -- West (U. S.) | Cummings, Amos J. (Amos Jay), 1841-1902 -- Correspondence | Cummings, Amos J. (Amos Jay), 1841-1902 | Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.) | Natural history -- West (U.S.) | Journalists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography | Railroad travel -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century | West (U.S.) -- Description and travel | West (U.S.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century | West (U.S.) -- History -- 1860-1890 | West (U.S.) -- Biography | TRAVEL -- General | TRAVEL | HISTORY -- United States -- 19th Century | Frontier and pioneer life | Journalists | Manners and customs | Natural history | Railroad travel | Travel | New York (State) -- New York | West United States | 1800-1899Genre/Form: Electronic book. | Electronic books. | Biographies. | History. | Personal correspondence. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Remarkable curiosity.DDC classification: 917.804/2 LOC classification: F594 | .C945 2008ebOnline resources: Click here to access online
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-353) and index.
Over the Kansas plains -- The earthly paradise -- A Canadian in Colorado -- The Petrified stumps -- The town in the desert -- The fate of a gold seeker -- In the golden gulches -- The story of little Emma -- The seventeenth wife -- The great Utah divorce -- An interesting conversation with Ann Eliza Young -- The prophet's divorce -- The Arizona expedition -- The Mormon pioneers -- The American Dead Sea -- Mutton chops by the million -- The king of the jack rabbits -- The funeral postponed -- Duel with six-shooters.
Print version record.
Collected in this volume for the first time are Cummings's portraits of a land and its assortment of characters unlike anything back East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the New Mexican sheep tycoon who took Denver by storm, and more prominently the Mormon prophet Brigham Young and one of his wives, Ann Eliza Young, who was filing for divorce at the time of Cummings's arrival.<br /> <br />Although today he is virtually unknown, during his lifetime Cummings was one of the most famous newspapermen in the United States, in part because of stories like these. Complete with a biographical sketch and historical introduction, A Remarkable Curiosity is an enjoyable read for anybody interested in the American West in the latter half of the nineteenth century.