Idaho’s past is full of colorful events and people, such as Colonel William H. Dewey. Accompanied by illustrations, Clark presents the story of his life. He was involved in mining and railroading before the turn of the century in Southwest Idaho. Reckless and flamboyant, Dewey made and lost a fortune at least three times during his lifetime. Indians killed his mining partner. In 1902 Dewey built the Dewey Palace in Nampa, a quarter-million dollar structure that rose like a castle in a barren waste. The Dewey Palace exemplified the boldness of a man who took advantage of the untamed landscape of the West.