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Stirrup High
     

Stirrup High

by Walt Coburn, Fred Gipson (Foreword by), Dale L. Walker (Introduction)
 

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Walt Coburn’s father pioneered in Montana Territory, joined the Vigilantes who chased road agents, and eventually built up one of the biggest cow outfits in the young state. The Circle C Ranch spread over thirty thousand acres in northern Montana, near the town of Malta. Walt is rather small for age fourteen—only “stirrup high” to his pony

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Walt Coburn’s father pioneered in Montana Territory, joined the Vigilantes who chased road agents, and eventually built up one of the biggest cow outfits in the young state. The Circle C Ranch spread over thirty thousand acres in northern Montana, near the town of Malta. Walt is rather small for age fourteen—only “stirrup high” to his pony Snowflake—when he works on the Circle C and learns a lot from the tough cowboys, and from his own scrapes and falls. His summer vacation from school increases in excitement when Kid Curry and other members of the Wild Bunch loom on the horizon. Stirrup High conveys all the know-how and atmosphere of roughing it on a ranch in 1903.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“For sheer excitement this autobiography is superb. Men were men in the turn-of-the-century West, and young Walt Coburn learned why the hard way.”—New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The 1957 memoir of a turn-of-the-century western boyhood. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803263772
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.48(d)

Meet the Author

The mature Walt Coburn (1889–1971) would draw on his early experience in writing western history and fiction. His other books include Pioneer Cattleman in Montana and Pardners of the Dim Trail. Fred Gipson is the author of Old Yeller. Dale L. Walker is the author of fourteen books. He lives in El Paso, Texas.

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