Henry M. Porter: Rocky Mountain empire builder by Mark S. Foster

By Mark S. Foster

Biography of a Colorado local businessman

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2. PioneersColoradoBiography. 3. BusinessmenColoradoBiography. 4. PhilanthropistsColoradoBiography. I. Title. 8'03'092dc20 [B] 91-7628 CIP title : author : publisher : isbn10 | asin : print isbn13 : ebook isbn13 : language : subject publication date : lcc : ddc : subject : Page v Contents Foreword vii Acknowledgments xi Introduction xv 1. Frontier Youth 1 2. The Search for a Career 15 3. Denver Merchant and Booster 33 4. Opportunities in the Rockies 47 5. Front Range Cattleman 65 6. Family Man and Civic Leader 87 7.

Byers, and others. During the spring and summer of 1861, Porter was hard at work building telegraph lines on the vast, 370-mile flat expanse between Omaha and Julesburg. He contracted with Augustus Kountze to supply telegraph poles. In his autobiography, written seventy years later, Porter included these experiences among the most exciting and enjoyable of his life. He remembered mock trials he and his companions conducted around campfires, in which cohorts were subjected to mild ridicule for largely imaginary transgressions.

In 1856 the Rock Island Railroad bridged the Mississippi near Davenport, Iowa, and in 1858 the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad crossed northern Missouri. Not only did these and other rail lines provide Missouri entrepreneurs fast and comparatively inexpensive access to lucrative markets in the Midwest and East, but they also permitted farmers to bring in machinery, much of it manufactured in the Midwest. 2 If the long-range importance of these economic and technological shifts eluded some Missouri decision makers, they bothered farsighted politicians intent upon preserving slavery in the United States.

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