Eben Smith: The Dean of Western Mining
Published by: University Press of Colorado
Imprint: University Press of Colorado
Sales Date: 2021-09-21
Published: September 2021
208 Pages, 152.00 x 228.00 x 20.30 mm, 28
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The mining teams Smith formed with Chaffee and with industrialist David Moffat were among the most successful and respected in Colorado, and many in the state held Smith in high regard. Yet despite the credit he received during his lifetime for establishing Colorado's mining industry, Smith has not received much attention from historians, perhaps because he was content to leave public-facing duties to his partners while he concerned himself with managing mine operations.
From Smith's early years and his labor in the mines to his rise to prominence as an investor and developer, Forsyth shows how Smith used the mining and milling knowledge he acquired in California to become a leader in technological innovation in Colorado's mining industry.
"This illustration of Smith's life, career, and impact is a valuable contribution to Colorado history, offering a major contribution to state and regional economic history, as well as a humanizing touch to someone who might otherwise have been portrayed as just another tycoon among many. Forsyth's blend of Smith's professional and personal lives makes this biography especially significant and enjoyable."
-Derek Everett, Metropolitan State University of Denver
"Combining the personal and business sides of Eben Smith, the biography tells the story of a forgotten giant and one of the state's founding fathers."
-The Denver Post