Moving American Progress Westward: Images of Denver and the Rockies in Popular Culture

Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Research Paper

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Art and Art History

First Advisor

Annette Stott


Denver, History, Colorado, Territorial expansion, West U.S. in art


"From the 1859 gold rush through the early 1900s, popular press images linked Denver’s civic development, capitalist values and culture to the Rocky Mountains. These prints of a wilderness city sending pioneers and prospectors into the Rockies appeared in national newspapers, magazines, settlement manifestos, railroad guidebooks and tourist pamphlets. Readers were saturated with illustrations associating Denver with prosperity and rejuvenated health"-

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