A True West reader recently requested a list of my favorite authors and books on the old-time cowboys on the Long Trail from southwest Texas to the cow towns of Kansas. These classics have been my “Bibles” for years.

I thought others might be interested.

We Pointed Them North. Recollections of a Cowpuncher.

Abbott, E.C. (Teddy Blue) and Helen Huntington Smith. University of Oklahoma Press. 1966.


The Log of a Cowboy: A Narrative of the Old West Days.

Adams, Andy. University of Nebraska Press. 1964


Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman

Haley, J. Evetts. University of Oklahoma Press. 1970


The Longhorns

Dobie, J. Frank. Grosset and Dunlap Inc. 1957.


The Old-Time Cowhand

Adams, Ramon. New York: Macmillan Co., 1961.

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