Louis L'Amour was born in the right place, at the right time-the railroad/cattle town of Jamestown, North Dakota just past the turn of the 20th century. By the time of his birth in 1908, much of the surrounding area was well established as farmland. Even further out in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah, the "wild" West was disappearing rapidly, domesticated by barb-wire fencing, railroads, and federal land distribution.
Had he been born even a decade later, Louis would have resided in a very different place. In the 1920s, the cattle industry was decimated by the Midwest bank failures that would eventually lead to the Great Depression. It's not hard to imagine how few frontiersmen would have still been around had L'Amour come of age after the Depression instead of in the midst of it.
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You will learn more from Louis's book "Education of a Wandering Man" more than all this pitiful excuse of a biography. You might garner much more from the "Louis Lamour Discussion Forum". I am not castigating the author but it was way too little ("new") info to be significant. Beau Lamour supposedly started on "The Authorized Biography of Louis Lamour" way back in 1990. He asked in every newly published book if you knew a slew of people that were listed or if you knew someone who would happen to know about these people. Years went by and there were never any updates as to how things were progressing with the "Louis Lamour Project"! It has been 23 years since that 1st request and still no book or even an update.Absolutely shameful.Beau could have put out as much as he had after 5 years with his own experiences alone and would have had a best seller, not to mention Katherines, (Louis wife) recollections and his talented sisters (Angelique) to boot.Not to mention LL friends. My point being is that these type of books will continue to come out without much substance and we are really no better off than before. My hope is that Beau will quit researching and start writng and we will get the insight that only the Lamour family can bring to light!