No. 27 Phil Anschutz
Phil Anschutz’s mother always hoped her son would become a history professor. There must be some consolation in the fact that the Denverite recently published a companion edition to his first book, OUT WHERE THE WEST BEGINS (see The Land Report, Winter 2015). Whereas Volume One focused on 50 business leaders who had an oversized impact on the American West, Volume Two has a much broader focus: religious thinkers, political and military leaders, civil rights proponents, suffragettes, writers, and of course, given THE ANSCHUTZ COLLECTION at the American Museum of Western Art, artists. “At the close of the Civil War, Americans still knew surprisingly little about large sections of their own backyard.” So begins a surprising chapter on surveyors. Clearly, this is must-read material for anyone with ties to or an interest in land.