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Oil shale book reissued

University Press of Colorado has reissued the oil shale boom and bust chronicle, “Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale,” by Andrew Gulliford.

The 316-page book, first published in 1989, traces Garfield County’s oil shale history from F.V. Hayden’s federal survey work in 1873 through the oil shale bust in 1982.

Gulliford writes, “Overnight … 2,100 people became unemployed.”

In its review of the original “Boomtown Blues,” Business Week wrote, “The havoc that shale hysteria wreaked on the small towns that dot the expanses of Western Colorado is the subject of `Boomtown Blues.’ … Gulliford frames the tale as a morality play in which the villain’s role is played by Exxon. … The book is more than colorful history. It is a warning we would do well to heed.”

In 31 pages of end notes in the reissued book, Gulliford cites references used in the original book, plus articles published after 1989, including those in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, the Denver Post and High Country News.

University Press of Colorado acquisitions editor Sandy Crooms estimated that 750 to 1,000 copies of “Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale” have been reissued. The books are available at local book stores and at the University Press of Colorado Web site at http://www.upcolorado.com.

Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534


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