The Westerners: A Roundup of Pioneer Reminiscences

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Two dozen pioneering men and women talk about life out west on the downward slope of the nineteenth century and start of the twentieth. It was still rough and raw. Paul Gray rode the cattle trails of the Staked Plain, where ?nobody asked anybody?s name? because ?it wasn?t courtesy.? Jake Goss recalls the fuss when chickens raised on Salt Creek in western Colorado were found to have gold in their craws. J. Selby Batt?s father owned a general ...
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Two dozen pioneering men and women talk about life out west on the downward slope of the nineteenth century and start of the twentieth. It was still rough and raw. Paul Gray rode the cattle trails of the Staked Plain, where “nobody asked anybody’s name” because “it wasn’t courtesy.” Jake Goss recalls the fuss when chickens raised on Salt Creek in western Colorado were found to have gold in their craws. J. Selby Batt’s father owned a general store in Wells, Nevada, where a lady could buy yards of ribbon and a gallon of whiskey.
 
Other old-timers reminisce about characters like Bat Masterson and the Tabors, range wars, unpopular government representatives, wild longhorns and marauding wolves, boom towns turned ghostly, and unsolved mysteries. Here, too, are the voices of miners, schoolteachers, dentists, businessmen, traveling salesmen, journalists, and writers from frontier Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, and beyond. In an arena like this, “You could do anything you was big enough to do.”
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803282360
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Pages: 258
  • Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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John Myers Myers interviewed his subjects during the late 1960s. He is also the author of The Alamo, Bravos of the West, Doc Holliday, Tombstone’s Early Years, and The Saga of Hugh Glass: Pirate, Pawnee, and Mountain Man.
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Table of Contents

The Authors of this Book: An Introduction
Territory of the Westerners
1 The Panhandle and the Pecos 3
2 When the Colorado Was the Grand 13
3 In High Desert Country 23
4 Good Grass and Deep Snow 31
5 A Park in the Rockies 43
6 The Perils of Range Management 51
7 Wild Cattle in the Woods 61
8 Riding All Sorts of Trails 71
9 On the Salesman's Road 85
10 Frontier Real Estate Problems 95
11 In and About a Boom Town 105
12 The Workings of a Market Center 113
13 A Metropolis in the Bud 123
14 The Law as Administered 133
15 The Day of the Dynamiters 143
16 The Last Bonanza Era 155
17 Pupils of All Ages 165
18 Recollections of the Fourth Estate 175
19 Tales of a Stagecoach Station 185
20 A Variegated Career 197
21 Indians Here and Banking There 209
22 The Saga of a Prospector 219
23 With the Old 101 227
24 How It Was Along the Border 237
The Authors' Achievements 247
Acknowledgments 251
Index 253
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