The overnight birth of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and the ambitious dreamers who helped deliver it, are at the heart of this tale by an author who can turn a gritty phrase into poetry. The multitude of characters who weave their way throughout this story are presented with all the failings of those who rush to the opening of free land anywhere. Almost depressing in its portrayal of the crudeness and realities of life with lawyers, newspapermen, land-grabbers, whores, murderers, thieves, Indians, blacks, orphans and lonely women, the book is nevertheless irresistible and hard to put down. It’s an intriguing story with some earthy human insight and well worth the read. The single distraction in this historical novel is that if it wasn’t for the author’s note at the end of the book, you would never know what years this all takes place. —Chuck Lewis
In This Issue:
Western Books & Movies
- Fullerton’s Rangers
- Best of the Badmen
- The Natural Superiority of Mules
- From Dominance to Disappearance
- The Fire Arrow
- Dreams to Dust: A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush
- Death Rides a Red Horse
- My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
- Holmes on the Range
- The Legacy of Conquest
- Zane Grey
- Hired Out for a Tough Hand
- Shattered Dreams and Broken Trails
More In This Issue
- Where can I find information on the outlaw known as “The Last Train Robber?”
- Broken bit & Spur
- A Soirée at the Sheridan Inn
- The Tale of Two Russells
- The Klondike Gold Rush Trail
- Phileas Fogg, Eat My Dust!
- Pike Peaked!
- The Buscadero Bio
- Did Buffalo Bill Cody ever ride for the Pony Express?
- My cowboy uncle from Arizona told me he used to clean his clothes after a cattle drive by putting them on an anthill. Was he telling me the truth?
- Can you tell me more about Western novelist Frank O’Rourke?
- In the early 1950s, Smiley Burnette came to Burnham Drive-in Theater in Burnham, Pennsylvania, and children were photographed with him. My mother refused to buy my photo. Are there any negatives/photos in a collection?
- What do you know about the children of Cynthia Ann Parker, the woman who was taken captive by the Comanches in 1836 and returned to her family in 1860?
- Looking for Joe Leaphorn
- Winchester ’73 —Take Two
- Custer, Cowboys and the Man in Black
- Carson City, Nevada