Colorado historian publishes book No. 50





Colorado's Clio. The Homer of the Hills. The Sage of the Silvery San Juan. The Monarch of Mining Historians.

Duane Allan Smith has been called many things. But no one can deny he is Colorado's most prolific historian. "The Trail of Gold and Silver: Mining in Colorado, 1859-2009" is Smith's fiftieth book. The University Press of Colorado's Timberline Series, which features some of the best current work on Colorado as well as classic reprints, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the great Colorado Gold rush with this overview from a master historian.

Smith, an outstanding teacher as well as an author, has been honored by Fort Lewis College, where he has taught history since 1964, as their teacher of the year, and by the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities as Colorado's Teacher of the Year. Smith, with his eternal crewcut hair, bounces into the classroom with a revolver strapped to his hip and carrying an ancestor's Civil War musket used on Sherman's March to the Sea. An indefatigable lecturer, he amazes students, who claim he never takes a breath and talks so fast they cannot take notes but have to tape record.

Duane completed his BA, MA, and Ph.D. at CU-Boulder, publishing his Ph.D. dissertation as his first book, "Rocky Mountain Mining Camps: The Urban Frontier" (1967). This important work focused on the urban nature of the mining West. His second title, co-authored with Carl Ubbelohde and Maxine Benson, "A Colorado History," remains a widely used text, second only to the classic Abbott, Leonard and Noel's "Colorado: A History of the Centennial State."


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