Keith Petersen is the Associate Director of the Idaho State Historical Society and Idaho’s State Historian. Petersen is the author of numerous articles and books on Idaho and the Northwest, including This Crested Hill: An Illustrated History of the University of Idaho; River of Life, Channel of Death: Fish and Dams on the Lower Snake; and Company Town: Potlatch, Idaho, and the Potlatch Lumber Company. The first-ever recipient of the Idaho Humanities Council’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities, he is also the only author to have twice received the Idaho Book Award for the Outstanding Book on Idaho. Petersen is currently writing a biography of Northwest road-builder John Mullan, who hoped to become Idaho’s first territorial governor. His research into Mullan and Idaho’s territorial history has taken him to repositories from coast to coast.