Always a Cowboy
Always a Cowboy
Always a Cowboy
Will Bagley
288 pages

Published: 2008

ISBN 978-0-87421-715-5
cloth $34.95

ISBN 978-087421-716-2
e-book $29.95

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Will Bagley is the author of Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows.

Always a Cowboy

Judge Wilson McCarthy and the Rescue of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

Will Bagley

Also by Will Bagley: Army of Israel

Cowboy, judge, federal official, then business executive, Wilson McCarthy mirrored change and growth in the twentieth-century West. Leading the Denver & Rio Grande back from the brink saved a vital link in the national transportation system. The D&RGW ran over and through the scenic Rockies, developing mineral resources, fighting corporate wars, and helping build communities. The Depression brought it to its knees. Accepting federal assignment to save the line, McCarthy turned it into a paragon of mid-century railroading, represented by the streamlined, Vista-Domed California Zephyr, although success hauling freight was of more economic importance. Prior to that, McCarthy's life had taken him from driving livestock in Canada to trying to drive the national economy as a director of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, the first line of federal attack on the Depression. Always a Cowboy positions McCarthy's story in rich historical panorama.

Book Review The Western Historical Quarterly Winter 2009 / Ronald S. Brockway

Book Review The Association for Mormon Letters May 18, 2009 / Roy Schmidt