Book Reviews

Cowtown to Boomtown

From 1880 to 1918, Fort Worth struggled to grow into a “city of substance.” During the 1880s, it became a major railroad hub. However, Fort Worth seemed doomed to remain in the shadows of its sister city, Dallas, until Armour and Swift opened packinghouses in 1903, propelling it into the forefront of the nation’s meatpacking industry.

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The Real and Imagined Life of Calamity Jane

Most people have heard of Calamity Jane, once promoted as The Famous Woman Scout of the Wild West. But do we really know who she was? After losing her parents as a young girl, Martha Canary had to fend for herself on the frontier and eventually became the legendary Calamity Jane.

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Revisiting Classic Western Fiction

Spend some time with the new edition of Loren D. Estleman’s The Wister Trace: Assaying Classic Western Fiction, Second Edition, and you’ll remember why you fell in love with Westerns in the first place. Estleman, an award-winning author of more than 70 novels, pointed out in the 1987 edition that it is the mix of wildness and chivalry that makes the Western genre unique,

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Life of a Nevada Sheriff

As an attempt to raise Tom Logan to the level of Wyatt Earp and other legendary Old West lawmen, this book falls short, as there is little to elevate Logan above the typical county sheriff. But Jackie Boor’s Logan: The Honorable Life and Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman does offer a wide-ranging history of Tonopah and Nye County, Nevada, around the turn of the 20th century.

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The Sundance Kid Rides Again — in New York City!

OCT14-Sundance-novel-webIf you were a boy growing up watching Westerns in the 1960s and 1970s, you either wanted to be Butch Cassidy or the Sundance Kid after Paul Newman and Robert Redford made the turn-of-the-last-century outlaws international legends in Richard Zanuck’s Twentieth Century-Fox film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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True West Site Guide

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