The General is coming!

03 Jan


A few days ago, I received the edits for my latest manuscript, General William Palmer: Railroad Pioneer. Looks like my work is cut out for me as we hope to have the book published by early February, in time for a reading conference in Denver. This book has been a long time coming. It began almost two years ago and has gone through a couple of incarnations since its inception. I am excited that we are getting close to finalizing it for the “Now You Know Bio” series from Filter Press. To read more about the offerings from Filter Press, go to

General Palmer’s story is an exciting one of western pioneering spirit at its finest. Born in 1836, Palmer grew up with a fascination for railroad transportation and wide open spaces. As an officer of the Union Army during the Civil War, he was taken a prisoner of war for spying. After the war, he went to work for the railroads, eventually starting his own company, the Denver & Rio Grande. His narrow gauge “baby railroad” opened frontiers by connecting eastern and western routes through the rugged Colorado high country. He settled areas including the beautiful resort city of Colorado Springs where he settled with his wife Queen and built a castle in the foothills. Life threw many challenges at him which he overcame with dignity and perseverance.

Watch for publication of Palmer’s story early in 2009. This will be my fifth book for Filter Press in Palmer Lake, Colorado. With much pleasure and excitement, I have learned a great deal about the history of the railroads during the years of Western expansion, and I am anxious to share those stories with my readers and at upcoming presentations.

With best regards — Joyce Lohse


Posted by on January 3, 2009 in Western history


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2 responses to “The General is coming!

  1. D Baker

    January 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I was intrigued to see a reference to Wm J Palmer in the The New Yorker, Jan 19th issue. The article reviews two books about the Ludlow Massacre and mentions Palmer’s relationship with the Colorado Fuel & Iron Co (C.F.&I.). The Ludlow books — Killing for Coal by Andrews and Blood Passions by Martelle — are now on my growing ‘books to be read’ list.

    • joyce4books

      January 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you for the reference. I am always interested to learn more about my subjects in relation to various aspects of western history, and specifically as they relate to Colorado. Ludlow is such a sad and complex chapter of that history. I’ll have to look for the New Yorker article. Thanks again — Joyce


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