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In his own colorful language, Hester relates stories ranging from high jinks on the trail to a heart-stopping surprise encounter with Indians, as well as conflicts with nature in the form of blizzards, cyclones, quicksand, swollen rivers, bad water, prairie fires, and electrical storms. So engaging that they figured in Warner Brothers' research for the classic movie Dodge City, Hester's adventures are the stuff of true Americana: history rendered in bolder strokes and brighter colors than the most outlandish fiction, as outrageous and outrageously entertaining as it is true.
After life as a cowpoke on the Chisholm and Western Trails, Hester eventually settled in Phillips County, Kansas, and then in Dundy County, Nebraska, where he helped his brother build a ranching empire.
Kirby Ross is Charley's great-great-grandson and resides in Kansas, where he is a feature writer for the online magazine CivilWarStLouis.com and is completing his next book.
“The indelible charm embedded throughout this tiny tome is the fact that Charley, plain and simple, knows his trade: cattle herding. . . . His literal and uncompromising storytelling seems to mirror his hard-won existence. He’s never precious or sentimental, even though his life [is] full of chance meetings with the who’s who of the Wild West.”—Jeremey Cagle, Texas Books in Review
— Jeremey Cagle