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 Post subject: My Favorite Books
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:56 pm 
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Ok y'all, what are your favorite books about western history? Lets get a good list going!

Mine are:

Stanley Vestal, "Jim Bridger, Mountain Man: A Biography"

Winfred Blevins, "Give Your Heart to the Hawks: A Tribute to the Mountain Men"

Francis Parkman, "The Oregon Trail"

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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
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Winfred Blevins, "Give Your Heart to the Hawks: A Tribute to the Mountain Men"........ditto! Should be required reading for every high school history student!


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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
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Amen Brother......Give Your Heart is one of the classics. Don't forget "Crow Killer" by Thorpe and White. SCW


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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
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"Crow Killer" is awesome...but after reading "Avenging Fury of the Plains" it's kinda like the day you find out that Santa AND the Easter bunny are make believe, all rolled into one... :roll: :oops:

...I still love it though... :P

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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
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I'm reading Osbourne Russel's "Journal of a Trapper" and it's really good, but I'm trying to figure out how he didn't end up dieing up there in those mountains...

It's deffinitely a "Must Read" though!

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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
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I like most of Elmer Keltons books,but particularly The Time it Never Rained and The Good Old Boys.


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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
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We picked up a book " I See By Your Outfit" by Lindmier and Mount that Josh found. Historic cowboy gear of the northern plains. Many pics, good info on saddles, guns, knives , hats, clothes, boots, etc, etc. Lots of good overall info. SCW


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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
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I just got "I Buried Hickok, the Memiors of White Eye Anderson" in the mail. I'm still working on Osbourne Russel's book, so it may be a while before I get to it, but it looks to be promising. I was lucky enough to be able to find an autographed (by the editor) copy on Ebay for less than $50. If you guys find a copy at a good price, pick it up.

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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
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Right now I am reading "Bendigo Schafter" by Louis L'Amour. I have read it before, but it has been awhile.
It's pretty good but but some of his other books are better.

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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
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On the subject of the Mountain Man, I think "A Majority of Scoundrels" by Don Berry is my favorite of the northern fur trade.

For the Taos trade, I have always liked "Wah-to-yah and the Taos Trail" by Lewis H. Garrard.
This was my introduction to Bents Fort.

Western, I think my favorite was "The First Fast Draw" By Louis L'Amour. A work of fiction, but took place in Cass County, Texas. I had a cousin who passed away in 1974 at the age of 76 who claimed that the story was true, and he gave me a copy that he had footnoted with the proper names and events. But like L'Amour always said, when he wrote there was a spring in a place, you could ride there and find cool clear water bubbling up out of the ground.

Cowboy's,,, I think Zane Gray's "The Drift Fence" and "The Hash Knife Outfit" ranks right up there at the top.. 1933 was a very good year. My grandpa turned me on to Zane Gray and Luke Short.. He was an avid reader of cowboy novels. I think he was probably in his 40's when he learned to read (he was in his 60's when I was born) but by the time I was learning to read, he had a cowboy story going all the time. He had lived the life...
When I go southeast on Interstate 84 and cross the pass east of Pendleton, go through La Grande heading south towards Baker, Oregon, it is hard to concentrate on the road.. When you cross the Little Powder River and let your eyes gaze out across the valley, my mind disappears as in a Zane Gray book and today becomes only a foggy memory... I can see the herds of cattle, and expect to see the opposing cattle outfit riding up to burn out the nesters who are hoarding the water and good grass of the valley... Then I snap back into reality as the blaring airhorn of a semi pulling a 56 foot trailer lets me know that I am taking up two lanes and half the ditch...

Just for fun, I am putting together a story on my laptop, as I get the time. Perhaps, I will finish it before I meet my maker, but I don't really care, because I kinda enjoy writing it.


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