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Legends, Labors & Loves of

William Jackson Palmer


Who was William Jackson Palmer, besides being the founder of

Colorado Springs?  More complex questions come about when

reconciling Palmer as a Union army soldier and spy with his

Quaker upbringing; reconciling the massive manpower required

to build Palmer’s western railroad and mining empires with his

reputation as man of benevolence; his intercontinental romance

with his wife Mary Lincoln Mellen “Queen” Palmer.

This “unauthorized biography” of a truly remarkable and modest

Man will open every reader’s eyes to a new view of General Palmer.

In these pages you will not only find integrity, leadership, and

compassion, but you will also witness Palmer’s tenacious

conviction, strength, and shrewdness- just how one imagines a

true “founding father.”

Paperback; 405p., published by the Pikes Peak Library District. 

The fourth book in the PPLD Regional History Series.

ISBN 9781567352610. © 2009   $24.95