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Wyoming Territory Imprint
With the First Directory of Laramie

205. TRIGGS, J. H. History and Directory of Laramie City, Wyoming Territory, Comprising a Brief History of Laramie City from Its First Settlement to the Present Time, Together with Sketches of the Characteristics and Resources of the Surrounding Country; Including a Minute Description of a Portion of the Mining Region of the Black Hills. Also a General and Business Directory of Laramie City .  Laramie City: Daily Sentinel Print, 1875. 91 [1 blank] pp. (ads interspersed and included in pagination). 8vo, original blue printed wrappers, original stitching. Very light wear and chipping to spine, otherwise very fine.

     First edition. Adams , Guns 2239: “This exceedingly rare imprint gives a frank history of Laramie in its turbulent days and reign of violence.” Adams, Herd 2332: “Very rare.” AII, Wyoming Imprints 23.  Bauer 482.  Bradford 5479. Eberstadt 136:667h: “A history of the region from the day of first settlement in April of 1868. It has long been recognized by students of western history as probably the most honest, outspoken, and vivid account of the early and turbulent days.”  Graff 4191. Holliday 1101.  Howes T351. Jennewein 83. Littell 1048.  McMurtrie, Early Printing in Wyoming . Streeter Sale 2245. Stopka , Wyoming Territorial Imprints 1875.7.

     Despite its violent and ugly beginnings, described in detail in the first few pages, Laramie by this time is represented as a well-ordered and prosperous city.  Unlike Triggs’ other work concerning Cheyenne (q.v.), this work contains in its latter part a fascinating “general directory” of the populace, which captures a valuable snapshot of the residents who comprised the town.  Not surprisingly, a large number of them are employed in the building trades or other manual labor.  Of equal interest is the fact that a good percentage of the residents are employed by the railroad in such occupations as engineers, brakemen, or firemen.  Of more surpassing interest, however, is the fact the directory specifically identifies the few dozen “colored” citizens who resided there.  Almost all are confined to menial jobs, such as waiters or cooks.  Finally, several women are given separate entries, although they, too, are normally confined to genteel occupations such as dressmakers.

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