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Railroading Religion – Mormons, Tourists, and the Corporate Spirit of the West - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Railroading Religion: Mormons, Tourists, and the Corporate Spirit of the West

David Walker


Railroads, tourism, and government bureaucracy combined to create modern religion in the American West, argues David Walker in this innovative study of Mormonism’s ascendency in the railroad era. The center of his story is Corinne, Utah—an end-of-the-track, hell-on-wheels railroad town founded by anti-Mormon businessmen. In the disputes over this town’s frontier survival, Walker discovers intense efforts by a variety of theological, political, and economic interest groups to challenge or secure Mormonism’s standing in the West. Though Corinne’s founders hoped to leverage industrial capital to ... More

Keywords: religion in American West, study of Mormonism’s ascendency, Corinne, Mormondom, religious institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469653204
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653204.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Walker, author
University of California, Santa Barbara