Will Bagley


Historian Will Bagley has written and edited more than a dozen books on overland emigration, frontier violence, railroads, mining, and the Mormons. From 2000 to 2004 he published more than 200 columns and articles in the Salt Lake Tribune. In 1997, the Arthur H. Clark Company launched a documentary history, Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier, with Mr. Bagley as series editor. The eleven published volumes have won a variety of awards, and Journal of the West called the series “one of the happiest events in recent Western publishing.” He is the author of Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows in 2002, which won the Western History Association’s Caughey Book Prize for the year’s most distinguished book on the history of the American West. His Always a Cowboy: Judge Wilson McCarthy and the Rescue of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, appeared in 2008 and deals with the liquidity crisis of 1932 and the rebuilding of the West’s greatest railroad. Mr. Bagley lives in Salt Lake City, where he served as a Wallace Stegner Centennial Fellow at the University of Utah. At the Beinecke Library, he will use the Archibald Hannah Jr. Fellowship in American History to research the final volume of his history of the Oregon-California Trail, The War for the Medicine Road: The Oregon-California Trail and the Conquest of the American West, 1861–1870.

Visiting Fellow -Archibald Hanna, Jr. Fellowship in American History
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