We have long needed this detailed account of the heyday of the old Texas cattle hamlet. Tascosa grew from a handful of placitas founded by New Mexican ex-Comancheros into a booming cattle market that saw its height during the beef bonanza of the 1880s.
The town attracted gamblers and badmen like John Selman and Billy the Kid. Nolan extends his story with fine historic photos, endnotes and a bibliography. The only complaint that I can lodge against this splendid biography of a vanished Texas cowtown is the lack of a map—a feature that would be useful for those of us unfamiliar with the Panhandle and the Llano Estacado. —Richard H. Dillon