The town's old sod buildings were replaced by plank structures and the riffraff that seemed to thrive in the lawlessness of a hide-town gave way to honest merchants. Its very existence depended upon the cattle business. When the ranches hurt, Sand Creek hurt-and the ranches were hurting bad in 1876.
The discovery of gold in nearby Black Hills brought thousands of people to the area and soon put a strain on the food supply. At first, there were random rustlings. But now it was no longer just a few head stolen to feed a mining camp. The thievery was too widespread-there had to be some kind of organization behind it. So the Cattlemen's Association hired Luke Howard and several others to put a stop to it, using whatever means they had to employ to get the job done!
"This stark, realistic portrait of Nebraska in the 1870's recreates a time and place where some of the villains carried sidearms but the real crooks packed fountain pens." -Booklist
|Publisher:||Speaking Volumes, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
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