Hell on Wheels: Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad (Paperback)
"Kreck tells the epic story of westward expansion, from the great wagon trails, to the track layers, and those Hell on Wheels towns where the West was at its wildest. It's a story wonderfully told."--David Fridtjof Halaas, from the foreword
The Wild West was more than just cowboys. It was also the raucous and unfettered railroad settlements that lined the tracks.
Overnight settlements, better known as "Hell on Wheels," sprang up as the transcontinental railroad crossed Nebraska and Wyoming. They brought opportunity not only for legitimate businesses but also for gamblers, land speculators, prostitutes, and thugs. Dick Kreck tells their stories along with those of the heroic individuals who managed, finally, to create permanent towns in the interior West. A thorough look at the construction of the Union Pacific railroad that is perfect for any history buff.
About the Author
Dick Kreck is a journalist who has worked at The San Francisco Examiner and the Los Angeles Times and is now a senior columnist at The Denver Post. Dick Kreck has written three previous books, Colorado's Scenic Railroads, Denver in Flames, and Murder at the Brown Palace.