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Hell on Wheels - Wicked Towns along the Union Pacific RR

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Hell on Wheels - Wicked Towns along the Union Pacific Railroad

With the building of the Union Pacific Railroad in the 1860s, a new era of travel was born. Journeys that had once taken several perilous months now took only days. The construction of the railroad was a tremendous undertaking as workers battled the land, weather, and nearby Indian tribes in order to complete the track. As the railroad made it's way west, overnight settlements, known as "hell on wheels," sprang up. These instant cities brought opportunity to legitimate businessmen, but also opened the door to gamblers, prostitutes, and thugs. Dick Kreck chronicles these stories and highlights the heroic individuals who finally established permanent towns in the interior West.

About the author - Dick Kreck retired from The Denver Post after thirty-eight years as an editor and columnist. He previously worked at the San Francisco Examiner and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of five other books, including the best sellers Murder at the Brown Palace: A True Story of Seduction, Betrayal as well as Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family and The Denver Post's Cheyenne Frontier Days Train, an article contained in Colorado Rail Annual No. 20!

By Dick Kreck.
Published by Fulcrum Publishing.
Copyright 2013 Dick Kreck.
265 pages, more than 50 b&w photos.
6" x 9" softbound.
ISBN: 978-1-5559-1-948-1

Praise for author Dick Kreck:

With his practiced eye for Western history and the ribald, Dick Kreck has fashioned a romping account of the wicked towns that sprang up and died during the building of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

Dick Kreck, a crackerjack storyteller, rail enthusist, and best-selling author, does it here again. No one has better captured those wild railroad construction camps where hard-toiling men reveled in whiskey and woman galore. - Tom "Dr. Colorado" Noel.

A refreshing approach. Rather than the ordinary story, Dick Kreck reveals hardships during the early methods or overland transportation and how the driving of the Golden Spike improved travel across America. - James L. Ehernberger, railroad historian, photographer, and author.

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