Examining seven states of the Far West, this book reveals how Americans used cities and towns to build their Western empire, developing their urban centers with wealth from the hinterlands - San Fransisco, for example, built its initial fortune on the gold of the Mother Lode - and supplying their growing populations with foodstuffs and other essential resources from their rural tributaries, while at the same time using their regional connections as outlets for the goods and services of the cities.
Eugene P. Moehring is professor of history at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. He is also the author of Resort City in the Sunbelt: Las Vegas, 1930-2000 and of Urbanism and Empire in the Far West, 1840-1890 (both published by the University of Nevada Press). Michael S. Green is professor of history at the Community College of Southern Nevada. He is the editor (with Gary E. Elliott) of Nevada: Readings and Perspectives, the author of Nevada: A Journey of Discovery, editor in chief of the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, and has published a number of articles on Western history.