Omaha: Printed at the Herald Steam Book and Job Printing House, 1876. 144pp. plus folding map. Original printed green wrappers, expertly rebacked in matching green paper. Wrappers a bit wrinkled, a few small tears in edges. Faint circular ink stamp on front wrapper and titlepage. Very clean internally. Very good. In a cloth clamshell box, spine gilt. Item #WRCAM41519
A fundamental and very scarce work on the region, based on the author's twelve years of residence in the Rocky Mountains and on the plains. He recounts details of the settlement of Cheyenne, events in its early history, the actions of the vigilantes, the pioneer press, early commercial endeavors, etc. The thirteen terminal pages of this work comprise a business directory, including ads for the Union Pacific Railroad, stage lines, land promoters, merchants, etc. "The work is the result of personal observation and experiences in the Dakota- Wyoming country extending over a period of some twelve years on the plains and in the Rocky Mountains. Triggs set out in June of 1863 from Davenport, Iowa, as Lieutenant of the Seventh Iowa Cavalry. He accompanied the command of General Mitchell on the Sioux-Cheyenne expedition of 1864, was then assigned to duty at Fort Halleck; joined the staff of General Curtis at Fort Laramie; fought in the Indian Campaigns of '65, retiring as Captain. From that year onward he devoted himself to prospecting and exploring in the Wyoming Territory" - Eberstadt (asking $200 for a copy in 1937). Triggs produced the first directory of Laramie City in 1875. The map, drawn by W.M. Masi, covers the present state of Wyoming. As a whole, this work comprises one of the earliest and most important histories of the Wyoming-Dakota region. "Exceedingly rare" - Adams, SIX-GUNS. "Of greatest importance"- MIDLAND NOTES. AII (NEBRASKA) 443. HOWES T352, "b." ADAMS SIX-GUNS 2238. ADAMS HERD 2331. GRAFF 4192. JENNEWEIN 83. STREETER SALE 2247. EBERSTADT 109:128. SOLIDAY 885. DECKER 49:273. MIDLAND NOTES 91:530. HOLLIDAY SALE 1102.