"This Durango book is a model of local history. . . . Non-Durangoan readers and those wanting a nice case study of a middle-sized town should find this handsome, generously illustrated book rewarding."
—Tom Noel, Rocky Mountain News
"Smith has a good 'historical' style, for one thing. He's obviously done a tremendous amount of research and he works in countless details—but smoothly and entertainingly. His is a dry understated humor. He makes Durango exciting without sensationalizing it."
—The Sunday Oklahoman