This book covers a period in the Old West when settling and homestead building were beginning. The author relates details of the roundups, the mining in the mountains of southern Colorado, and the various jobs the Pipers held to support their families. Although the story begins in New Hampshire, the development of The Piper Company occurred in Pueblo. Willis Piper and his brothers did considerable work in and around Pueblo, then branched out taking contracts in Montana. He finally settled in Long Beach. He wrote this memoir in 1937, and only recently have his descendants decided to have it published.