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Doctor to Buckaroos 7 Chapter 3. Wild West Babies 27 Chapter 4. Epidemic on The Frontier 43 Chapter 5. Delivery by Telephone 60 Chapter 6. My First Death 77 Chapter 7. Teeth Extracted$1 89 Chapter 8. Accidents and Indians 93 Chapter 9. Prostitution on The Frontier 106 Chapter 10. The Worst Enemy is Ignorance 124 Chapter 11. Horse Thieves and Cattle Rustlers 138 Chapter 12. Mr. and The Doctor 158 Chapter 13. Complaints Real and Imaginary 178 Chapter 14. Ills and Bills 192 Chapter 15. Busman's Holiday 212 Chapter 16.

Looking out I beheld a scene of such vast sparkling beauty that I was filled with surprise and delight. Near by a gay mountain river tumbled along on its way to join the mighty Columbia, far to the north. A virgin forest of Oregon pine swept away westward to the Cascade Mountains in mile after mile of unbroken verdure, clothing the rising tiers of jumbled foothills in a mantle of bright green extending far up toward the peaks. Beyond, an endless chain of serrated mountains reared their glistening, snow-crowned summits far into the brilliant sky.

Physical location was certainly important, especially the presence of water for power, irrigation, and human consumption. But so, too, was the optimism of town boosters and their success in attracting people and capital. The latter was particularly important, but proved to be a double-edged sword because much of the investment capital came from outside the area. Capital opened the town to economic and population growth but meant that external markets and investors largely controlled the form of development.

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