One Man's West by David Lavender
I have read several of Lavender's history books. Although more of a memoir, this book is history since Lavender relates his first person experiences as a miner and rancher in southwest Colorado from 1930 to 1950.
The author described the towns and land features of southwest Colorado and southeast Utah. Those stories brought back memories of my travels and exploring in those areas.
The good times, the bad times, the ranchers, the sheepherders, and a long list of characters are included in this fine book of stories of Lavender's early life in southwest Colorado.
First copyright for the book is 1943. I read the 1956 edition.
Wikipedia's David Lavender bio.
The first story of the book begins in Ouray -- the Box Canyon blogger's home when not traveling.
Quoting David Lavender:
"...[Ouray's] setting, however, is superlative; I think no town in America can boast of finer.
"The village lies in the bottom of an enormous rock amphitheater. The best way to see it is to stretch out flat on your back. There is only one direction in Ouray -- up."