By Lawrence M. Woods
The Swan identify is inseparable from the historical past of Wyoming and the West, and while Swan made his mark in Wyoming within the Eighties, ranching was once king. the most important between Alex Swan’s many company creations, The Swan Land and farm animals corporation, Ltd., used to be one of many greater farm animals businesses to function within the American West, and it survived lengthy after it founder’s monetary debacle within the nice iciness of 1886-1887. At one time, the Swan used to be stated to be the biggest deepest landowner in Wyoming, and at its height it was once one in every of the biggest sheep businesses within the country.
This new paintings for the 1st time relates the lifetime of Alex Swan, and gives a whole heritage of the Swan businesses. Lawrence M. Woods has combed the surviving company documents and different records held within the usa and abroad.
At the peak of his monetary existence, Swan used to be acknowledged to be the richest guy in Wyoming Territory, and his effect prolonged past company affairs to group carrier, either in Wyoming and in Iowa. but, after his dramatic monetary cave in, there have been many that ridiculed what he had performed, and Swan’s silence has left these criticisms at the list, with no rebuttal.
Swan, a pace-setter within the Wyoming inventory Growers organization from its founding in 1873, served as its moment president. selling using Hereford farm animals at the excessive plains, he used to be a strength within the Wyoming ranching international, specifically after his stream to Cheyenne in 1874. Woods information Swan’s existence within the years after his separation from the Scottish-controlled Swan Land and livestock corporation, in particular his actions in Ogden, Utah.
The Swan businesses persisted operation into the mid-twentieth century. John Clay performed a massive position of their operation, and he figures prominently of their tale. Alex Swan and the Swan businesses is a vital portrait of the internal workings of the western farm animals and its leaders.
The booklet has a bibliography, index, and 3 appendices. it's certain in wealthy brown linen textile and has a foil stamped backbone and entrance hide. Western Lands and Waters sequence, XXII
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