Raymond Starr, Book Reviews Editor
Wells Fargo in Colorado Territory. By W. Turrentine Jackson. Denver: Colorado Historical Society, 1982. Colorado Historical Society Monograph No. 1. Maps. Illustrations. Index. 84 pages. Price Unavailable.
W. Turrentine Jackson is a well known western historian with a long career at the University of California, Davis. He has also been a consultant to Wells Fargo; a frequent rider on Wells Fargo stagecoaches; and a leader in the Western History Association. He has written a brief but solid account of the Wells Fargo experience in the Colorado Territory. Jackson notes the early involvement of Wells Fargo, its major expansion into the area in 1868-1869, the redirecting of services to adapt to the arrival of the railroads after 1869, and the withdrawal from express service and the later return in 1881. The book is especially good on the stage line and express business, and is of more general interest than the title might indicate.