A History: Greeley and the Union Colony of Colorado.

Greeley, CO: The Greeley Tribune Press, 1890. 448pp, illus, errata slip. Original boards. Light scraping to boards, owner's bookplate, else near fine. Laid in is a clipped signature of David Boyd and a letter of transmittal from his son, a gravure image of Boyd, and a couple of more or less relevant newspaper clippings. The Union Colony of Colorado (also called the Greeley Colony and The Union Temperance Colony) was a joint stock company formed to promote agricultural settlement in the South Platte River valley in the Colorado Territory. Organized in October 1869 by Nathan Meeker in order to establish a religiously-oriented utopian community of "high moral standards," the colony was founded the following year at present-day Greeley, Colorado, which was established by the colony in March 1870. It was financed and promoted by New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley, a prominent advocate of settlement of the American West. The colony greatly advanced homesteading and irrigation usage in northern Colorado, demonstrating the viability of cultivation at a time when agriculture was emerging as a rival of mining as the basis for the territorial economy. The company eventually dissolved (although Greeley remained dry until 1972) and the town became a routinely prosperous agricultural town. This is a detailed history of the experiment by one of the participants. Herd 296, Henkle 1220. Item #26296

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