Ogden, UT: Privately Published By Mrs. Katie Toponce, 1923. First Edition. Small 8vo. 248 pp. Photographic plates including portraits of Toponce and with some of the earliest views of Ogden and stagecoaches. Maroon and black embossed cloth. A very good copy (owner name; hinges a bit tender; minor wear to extremities); a very good copy. Item #17457
Alexander Toponce (1839-1923) was a Western pioneer in the Intermountain West region of the US. He worked in various occupations, including as a logger, cowboy, stagecoach driver, Pony Express rider, and gold prospector. Toponce helped establish the first overland stage line from Missouri to California in 1855; was an assistant wagon boss during the Utah War from 1857 to 1858, attended the Golden spike ceremony at Promontory, Utah in 1869 and spent much of his later life in Utah. Although a friend to many Mormons, including well-known ones such as Porter Rockwell, he was not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His several businesses included trading between Salt Lake City and Montana gold camps and Nevada silver camps; performing various services for Union Pacific; raising cattle in Idaho; and running stage lines to mining towns. "This privately printed book has several chapters on the road agents and vigilantes of Montana." (Flake 8975; Graff 4165; Howes T-299; Rittenhouse 580; Six-Guns 2225).