Enos Mills: citizen of nature by Alexander Drummond

By Alexander Drummond

Enos turbines (1870-1922) used to be the fundamental voice of the Rocky Mountains within the early a long time of the 20th century, and he accomplished popularity as a naturalist and nature author, conservation pioneer, lecturer, and mountain adventurer. "Enos generators: Citizen of Nature" is the 1st full-length exam of generators and his paintings, an incisive account of a posh, debatable, and infrequently tough guy who touched thousands of lives in his time and whose legacy has nice relevance this day.

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Cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-87081-407-9 (alk. paper) 1. Mills, Enos Abijah, 1870-1922. 2. Naturalists United StatesBiography. I. Title. 78'2'092dc20 [B] 95-38668 10987654321 For Jennifer and Roger Page vii Contents Illustrations ix Preface xi Prologue: Enos Mills in His Time and Ours 1 PART I. BOY MEETS WORLD: A FAST START 1. Farm Boy on the Kansas Frontier 15 2. Adolescent among the Mountains 28 3. Self-Discovery Begins 37 4. From Mines to Muir 49 PART II. SELF-MADE MAN 5.

And no works on Muir, past or present, give Mills more than brief mention. Post-World War II Forest and Park Service histories, and histories of the State of Colorado, have likewise dealt with Mills only sketchily, though sometimes provocatively. "8 Peter Wild's inclusion of a chapter on Mills in his 1979 Pioneer Conservationists of Western America gave renewed visibility to Mills in the same year that Carl Abbott published his first of two Mills essays. And C. W. Buchholtz's 1983 history of Rocky Mountain National Park highlighted Mills's importance to the development of the Estes Park area and various aspects of the national park movement.

He dabbled in scientific exactitude, often invoked scientific rationality, yet believed in "poetic interpretation" of the facts. He followed Thoreau, Muir, and John Burroughs into a brand of natural history quite different from that of formal science, yet, like Muir and Burroughs, was at times ranked among the top naturalists of his day. Mills replaced his own religious heritage with a scientific outlook that precluded metaphysical or spiritual searching and led him occasionally into derisive anticlerical jabs.

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