A Swallow Press Book

Midas of the Rockies
Biography of Winfield Scott Stratton, Croesus of Cripple Creek

By Frank Waters
Introduction by Marshall Sprague

“Mr. Waters has done a fine piece of work, valuable and distinctly entertaining.”

C. J. Finger

“This book will have a real fascination for anyone who loves his Colorado. It is not only a faithful biography of Winfield Scott Stratton…but it details as well a whole history of Colorado mining.”

W. F. Boericke

This reprint makes available again Frank Waters’ dramatic and colorful 1937 biography of Winfield Scott Stratton, the man who struck it rich at the foot of Pike’s Peak and turned Cripple Creek into the greatest gold camp on earth. More than regional history, Midas of the Rockies is a story so fabulously impossible and yet so painfully true that it commends itself to the whole of America, the only earth, the only people who could have created it.

Frank Waters (1902–1995), one of the finest chroniclers of the American Southwest, wrote twenty–eight works of fiction and nonfiction.

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Literary Studies · Biography · Western Americana



Retail price: $27.95, S.
Release date: Jan. 1972
347 pages
Rights: World