Dick Kreck Signs copies of Hell on Wheels!
Join us Saturday June 22, 2013 for our Wild West Day event and get a signed copy of Dick Kreck’s new publication - Hell on Wheels, Wicked Towns along the Union Pacific Railroad. Mr. Kreck will be available to sign copies of his book from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. All online orders that contain a copy of either Hell on Wheels or Colorado Rail Annual No. 20 will be held until Monday, June 24, 2013 so that they can be signed!
With the building of the Union Pacific Railroad in the 1860s, a new era of travel was born. Journeys that had once taken several perilous months now took only days. The railroad’s construction was a tremendous undertaking as workers battled the land, weather, and nearby Indian tribes in order to complete the track. As the railroad made it’s way west, overnight settlements, known as “hell on wheels,” sprang up. These instant cities brought opportunity to legitimate businessmen, but also opened the door to gamblers, prostitutes, and thugs. Dick Kreck chronicles these stories and highlights the heroic individuals who finally established permanant towns in the interior West.
About the author – Dick Kreck retired from The Denver Post after thirty-eight years as an editor and columnist. He previously worked at the San Francisco Examiner and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of five other books, including the best sellers Murder at the Brown Palace: A True Story of Seduction and Betrayal as well as Smaldone: The Untold Story of an American Crime Family.
By Dick Kreck.
Published by Fulcrum Publishing.
Copyright 2013 Dick Kreck.
265 pages, more than 50 b&w photos.
6″ x 9″ softbound.
Praise for author Dick Kreck’s new publication:
With his practiced eye for Western history and the ribald, Dick Kreck has fashioned a romping account of the wicked towns that sprang up and died during the building of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.
– Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
Dick Kreck, a crackerjack storyteller, rail enthusist, and best-selling author, does it here again. No one has better captured those wild railroad construction camps where hard-toiling men reveled in whiskey and woman galore.
– Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel.
A refreshing approach. Rather than the ordinary story, Dick Kreck reveals hardships during the early methods or overland transportation and how the driving of the Golden Spike improved travel across America.
– James L. Ehernberger, railroad historian, photographer, and author.
With articles by Richard Kreck, Bob LeMassena,, Kentone Forrest and many, many more. For additional publication information please visit the Online Depot General Store