The Way West: True Stories of the American Frontier

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James A. Crutchfield, a longtime WWA secretary-treasurer and seasoned historian, has assembled a remarkable cadre of authors. Included are winners of the Owen Wister Award, given each year to the best nonfiction book of the West: David Dary explores the network of trails that led explorers West, Bill Gulick recalls the steamboat days of the Pacific Northwest, Leon Claire Metz goes deep into John Wesley Hardin's world, Robert M. Utley shows us the true faces of the Texas Rangers, and Dale L. Walker takes us on a ...
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Overview

James A. Crutchfield, a longtime WWA secretary-treasurer and seasoned historian, has assembled a remarkable cadre of authors. Included are winners of the Owen Wister Award, given each year to the best nonfiction book of the West: David Dary explores the network of trails that led explorers West, Bill Gulick recalls the steamboat days of the Pacific Northwest, Leon Claire Metz goes deep into John Wesley Hardin's world, Robert M. Utley shows us the true faces of the Texas Rangers, and Dale L. Walker takes us on a tour of the final resting places of forty of the West's most celebrated figures. The Way West also covers now-obscure individuals and forgotten stories and provides new insights into famous characters and events.
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The Washington Times

A good primer for the general reader who wants a taste of Western history.
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"A good primer for the general reader who wants a taste of Western history. But there's also quite a bit of arcane miscellany to surprise even the most knowledgeable devotee on the subject."--The Washington Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765304506
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES A. CRUTCHFIELD is a longtime secretary of treasury for the Western Writers of America and one their most-respected historians. He lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Survival of the cowboy 15
A medical necessity 25
Did Lambe lead Mary to slaughter? 31
Muggins Taylor : the man and the myth 39
"Is not this the Red River?" : Zebulon Pike, James Wilkinson, and the search for the far Southwest 49
Western trails 59
The toughest town in Texas 71
Dancing in the eye of the storm 83
The last war cry : Battle Butte, January 8, 1877 93
The Alamo 105
Pacific Northwest steamboat days 121
Spreading the news : California's gold messengers of 1848 131
The second declaration of independence 141
The intrepid females of forty-nine 151
The jayhawking of Salina 163
Maud - kidnapped by Pancho Villa 173
Fast guns and dead men : the story of John Wesley Hardin 183
Bill Cody gets buffaloed 195
The fourth company 201
The Idaho gold dust murders 215
From the heart of chaos : finding Zitkala-Sa 223
Ranald Mackenzie : the forgotten hero 233
Murder most foul : a New Mexico cause celebre 247
Images of the Texas Rangers 257
"More than a locomotive to separate us" 265
R.I.P. : the whereabouts of forty celebrated westerners 277
Thou shalt not, or "how to tame a Texi-Kan" 289
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  • Posted August 14, 2012

    Good stories from the best western writers

    An essential collection of old west stories by the who's who of western writers. All the names you've heard of in western lore, Billy The Kid, John Wesley Hardin, Wyatt Earp etc plus some that the average follower of the old west may not have heard of prior to reading this book.

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