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I'm reading the Life of Tom Horn right now on loan through the university library program.  I'm loving reading about a man that did near everything, even with his potential personal embellishments.  Saw a YouTube video awhile back about Teddy Roosevelt's diaries, recounting a Sasquatch tale told by a mountain trapper to a young Roosevelt.

 

Any of you have any suggestions for others that also wrote about their experiences?

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The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman is one of a few first person accounts of the west in what would have been the fur trade days 1840’s. It is the account of a young man from a wealthy family and it reveals as much about the attitudes of the time and the class of the writer as it does about the west. Worth a read.

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Tim McCoy Remembers the West is good.

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The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck is a very good read about undertaking the journey in modern time with period correct wagon and trailer and mule teams. A lot of history and I learned quite a bit of what I was taught in grade school might not have been how it was.

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32 minutes ago, Yul Lose said:

The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck is a very good read about undertaking the journey in modern time with period correct wagon and trailer and mule teams. A lot of history and I learned quite a bit of what I was taught in grade school might not have been how it was.

 

An excellent read!!!!  An extraordinary, detailed look at wagon construction, hardware, mule and team handling and long-distance wagon travel.  And an entertaining look at the relationships between two very different brothers and their father.  History brought to life!

 

I have loaned this book more than any other in my library.

 

LL

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Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West    The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend  Murder in Tombstone: The Forgotten Trial of Wyatt Earp (The Lamar Series in Western History): ...

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Their are 2 books on Tom Horn. Different slant in each. Interesting to read both. I have around 500 books on the old West. Some I have read more than once. If I had a list I would share it. Several on the Battle of the Little Big Horn but I will buy no more on this subject as there is no new info so it is all guesswork. None of what I have is fiction.

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We Pointed Them North by E.C. Abbott is a first-hand account of a real cowboy trailing cattle north to Montana. He wrote it in the 1930's as he approached 80 years old. A great insight to the cattle drives of the late 1800's.

 

Six Years With the Texas Rangers by James B. Gillett is a similar first-hand story of the life of a Texas Ranger from 1875-1881. Again written in the 1920's in his sixties.

 

Both have some very interesting insights to their professions and life in the old west.

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Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne is a study of the Comanches , and Quanah Parker.  It is a modern researched book , though , from 2010.

The Life of Billy Dixon by Olive K. Dixon is a pretty good read also.

Rex :D

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 the Longhorns.  J.Frank Dobie

 

 Dakota cowboy.  Ike Blasingame

 

 Getting A Stand.  Miles Gilbert

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Hubby's great-great (I forget if it is one great or two) grandfather co-authored a book that was first published in 1924. Author: Jessie Brown and A.M. Willard, Book: Black Hills Trails. He was a "shotgun messenger" for Wells Fargo out of Deadwood in the 1870s. Later he was elected sheriff of Sturgis.

 

You can download it free at the following Website. https://archive.org/stream/blackhillstrails00brow/blackhillstrails00brow_djvu.txt

 

If you have Kindle, you can buy it at Amazon. Or, they have a hardcover for $45.  I bought two first editions from https://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/the-black-hills-trails/author/jesse-brown-and-a-m-willard/

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Just about anything by J. Frank Dobie;  hard to go wrong with any of his books.

 

 

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The Log of a Cowboy - by Andy Adams. Written by someone who lived the trail drives.

Edited by Raylan
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