OUR BARREN LANDS. THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES WEST OF THE 100th MERIDIAN, AND EAST OF THE SIERRA NEVADAS.

Cincinnati. 1875. 53pp. Contemporary blue cloth. Spine slightly faded. Ink stamp on front fly leaf, several library ink stamps in margins. Else very good. Item #WRCAM48535

Hazen served as an army officer in the trans-Mississippi west after the Civil War. He was convinced the land west of the 100th meridian was effectively useless for agriculture and wrote letters to New York papers to that effect. General George Custer wrote refuting this, and claiming the lands were fertile. Herein Hazen angrily rebuts Custer, accusing him of "personal interest," and marshals considerable data to support his assertions that the Far West is too arid to support agriculture. "Hazen, who had as much experience as Custer on the frontier and was more academically minded, was in this instance caught rather far out on a limb. His pronouncements about wintering cattle on the plains and other difficulties to be expected in settling the West proved to be wrong" - Decker. "Contains considerable data on the actual explorations and experiences of the contestants in the region" - Eberstadt. An important and rare pamphlet. GRAFF 1834. HOWES H372, "aa." LUTHER 31. EBERSTADT 137:237. DECKER 42:68.

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