Colorado-and-new-mexico-border-outlawsAfter the Civil War, Texas cattle headed to northern markets moved up trails through New Mexico and Colorado.

Many of the Texans  driving those herds settled along the New Mexico-Colorado border.  Some became responsible citizens, others deadly predators. In Porter and Ike Stockton: Colorado and New Mexico Border Outlaws (self-published, $24.95), Michael R. Maddox tells the fascinating and largely unknown story of two Texas brothers who followed the owl hoot trail and died in different gunfights in 1881. This book rattles with blood and thunder between the lines, but due to the author’s meticulous research, it’s better suited for the serious student than the general reader.

Ollie Reed Jr., editor and contributor, Max Evans & a Few Friends: The 90th Birthday Book

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