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Forged in dime novels, Wild West shows, and Hollywood films, the image of the American cowboy is largely a myth. But behind it were real men whose hard work and hard play, stoic toughness, and code of honor helped tame the American West. The epic cattle drives that were so much a part of the cowboys' heyday lasted only an astonishingly brief two decades. But the cowboy is still a basic part of the American character. Here, from historian Grayson Wyatt, is their surprising and little-told story.
E. C. Abbott was a cowboy in the great days of the 1870's and 1880's. He came up the trail to Montana from Texas with the long-horned herds which were to stock the northern ranges; he punched cows in Montana when there wasn't a fence in the territory; and he married a daughter of Granville Stuart, the famous early-day stockman and Montana pioneer. For more than fifty years he was known to cowmen from Texas to Alberta as "Teddy Blue." This is his story, as told to Helena Huntington Smith, who says that the book is "all Teddy Blue. My part was to keep out of the way and not mess it up by being literary.... Because the cowboy flourished in the middle of the Victorian age, which is certainly a funny paradox, no realistic picture of him was ever drawn in his own day. Here is a self-portrait by a cowboy which is full and honest." And Teddy Blue himself says, "Other old-timers have told all about stampedes and swimming rivers and what a terrible time we had, but they never put in any of the fun, and fun was at least half of it." So here it is—the cowboy classic, with the "terrible" times and the "fun" which have entertained readers everywhere. First published in 1939, We Pointed Them North has been brought back into print by the University of Oklahoma Press in completely new format, with drawings by Nick Eggenhofer, and with the full, original text.
Saddle the horses and round up the posse -- it's time for another ride through the Old West with four more great western novels! Here are: Sudden Bill Dorn, by Jackson Gregory... They were made for fighting and loving: Bill Dorn, hard-bitten cowman facing the loss of his ranch to a friend turned outlaw, and Lorna Kent, a stranger in Nacional, wanted for murder yet claiming to be the heiress to a deserted ranch... Border Ambush, by Walker A. Tompkins... Seeking to avenge a murder and destroy an outlaw empire, Doug Redding scoured the wastelands in search of a hidden canyon where a notorious rustler holed up between raids! Killers Two (aka "Keep Off My Ranch"), by Allan K. Echols... A lone rancher pits his guts against the fast guns of two rustlers! Bullet Range, by Will Cook... "A tough, gutsy tale of a range that lived by the gun. Top flight!" -- Real Magazine If you enjoy this ebook, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see more of the 260+ volumes in this series, covering adventure, historical fiction, mysteries, westerns, ghost stories, science fiction -- and much, much more!
In 1884 Montana and Dakota were overrun with hordes of outlaws. Granville Stuart, asks his ranch foreman, to organize a vigilante posse from his ranch hands. Harley chose twelve tight-lipped cowboysThe success of the vigilante raids were noted in the regional press of the day. Sixteen period newspapers are quoted and attributed. Twelve Quiet Men has several likeable characters. One memorable young man is a New York dude. We watch as he learns about life and grows to be a man. TQM is a thrilling historical western and a heartwarming story of friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice, mildly seasoned with a pinch of love and good-natured humor.Because the author is a Montana native with cattle ranching experience, Twelve Quiet Men rings with authority.Twelve Quiet Men is 100% original and heavily researched. This novel is quite likely the most authentic western ever written.
In Treasure Mountain, Louis L’Amour delivers a robust story of two brothers searching to learn the fate of their missing father—and finding themselves in a struggle just to stay alive. Orrin and Tell Sackett had come to exotic New Orleans looking for answers to their father’s disappearance twenty years before. To uncover the truth, the brothers enlisted the aid of a trailwise Gypsy and a mysterious voodoo priest as they sought to re-create their father’s last trek. But Louisiana is a dangerous land, and with one misstep the brothers could disappear in the bayous before they even set foot on the trail—a trail that led to whatever legacy their father had left behind . . . and a secret worth killing for.
BLOOD IN THE DUST The open West was a land where wanderers could find themselves a home—a home to fight for, to be changed by, sometimes to die for. Jed Asbury was one such journeyman, taking on the identity of a dead man. Allen Ring was another: He’d won his plot of land in a card game only to find he had to win again with a gun. From a has-been boxer to a ranch hand taking on his bosses’ troubles, the characters in these classic Louis L’Amour short stories are all “riding for the brand”—staying loyal to what matters, staking the West with their courage and their blood.
In his towering Last Gunfighter series, USA Today bestseller William Johnstone chronicles a frontier legend--a drifter, a fighter and a man you only want on your side. . . Before It Was The City Of Angels, It Was A Perfect Place To Die With The Devil When Frank Morgan gets to a town called Los Angeles, he can see the forces gathering around him. For the Spanish landowners, wealth is measured in cattle on the open range. For hardnosed oilmen, a fortune is in the ground--in the form of shining black crude oil... When blood is spilled on the sun-seared land, Morgan allies himself with a beautiful, widowed rancher--even as he cuts a deal with an ambitious wildcatter. Morgan is not trying out treachery. He's just trying to get to the truth about a cycle of violence that's about to explode. But when he discovers that a third party has entered the fray, Morgan knows the rules have changed and justice will only be forged with bullets.

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