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Current reading 2023

Jan 9, 1:56 pm

Time for a new thread for your current reads!

Editado: Jan 9, 7:50 pm

Here is my current Western Americana reading list for the new year in order of preference:

Silliman, Lee, ed. We Seized Our Rifles. Recollections of the Montana Frontier. Illus. Joe Boddy. Missoula, Mt.: Mountain Press, (1982). 214 pp. Reprinted 1984. A Rendezvous Book (series).

First-hand stories from Montana pioneers, including George Bird Grinnell, S. C. Ashby, John J. Healy (see next book), Cecil Denny (noted member of the NWMP) and others. I read a couple of the stories from this book some years ago while doing some research on C. E. Conrad, but will now read the entire book.

Tolton, Gordon E. Healy's West: The Life and Times of John J. Healy. Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press, 2014. 287 pp.; photos; extensive notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 978-0-87842-634-8.

John Healy was a fascinating man. He was at various times, a gold seeker, trader, sheriff, businessman, and entrepreneur. He wandered the West from Idaho to Montana to Alaska. I read this once, back in 2014 when it first came out, but I want to read it again because the man is just so interesting.

If you want to get a copy to read, I'd advise you get it directly from the publisher, as it will save you money. It's $21.84 at Amazon, but only $5.00!!! from the publisher. And you get a brand new copy.

Rea, Tom. The Hole in the Wall Ranch. A History. (Greybull, Wyoming): (Pronghorn Press, 2010). 247 pp; introduction, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 978-1-932636-69-7.

The Hole-in-the-Wall! Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! They're here, in this book, and a whole lot more. The book tells the complete history of the working ranch located where the Middle Fork of the Powder River breaches the Red Wall and a lot more. Can't wait to dig in, after I finish the other two, that is.

Jan 19, 5:30 pm

Thanks for starting up the new list and sharing your next books Glacierman.

I kind of went on an end of the year shopping spree. Not sure about the reading order yet, but here's some of what I picked up:

American West An Appraisal-Papers from the Denver Conference on the History of Western America This is a 1963 publication when the Western History Association was new. In 1964 the WHA started publishing the quarterly magazine: The American West. In 1970 the WHA began publishing the Western Historical Quarterly (WHQ). I have a full run of these (1970-current) I've been trying to get loaded into my LibraryThing. I bunch of everything here subject wise, including Ramon Adams' "The Old-Time Cowhand."

The Cayuse Indians : Imperial Tribesmen of Old Oregon I have an ongoing interest in the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. The Cayuse lived in Washington State, Oregon, and Idaho mainly, but because of their expert horsemanship, they ranged quite far.

The Journal of John Work; a Chief-trader of the Hudson's Bay Co. during his expedition from Vancouver to the Flatheads and Blackfeet of the Pacific Northwest Now we're journeying a little further into Montana and East up the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Chief Seattle's Unanswered Challenge : Spoken on the Wild Forest Threshold of the City that Bears his Name, 1854 A speech attributed to the Suquamish chief with much controversy surrounding it. Answering Chief Seattle A 1997 publication trying to sort through the history of Seattle's speech. To be read together when I do. My great-great grandmother was Suquamish and I have a great interest in this tribe, and Seattle, the city I was born in and reside.

The Cartography of the Northwest Coast of America to the Year 1800 Henry Wagner's masterpiece on costal exploration. Helps me with my "map thing." A beautiful publication. Hits every reason why I love books.

Mar 21, 9:15 pm

Add to the 2023 list: Traits of American Indian Life & Character Probably could post this one over at the Fine Press group. This is a fine copy of #9 in the Grabhorn Press Rare Americana series. Beautiful classic book from the fur trade era usually attributed to Peter Skene Ogden. I'll see if I can figure out how to post a photo...

Editado: Mar 21, 11:49 pm

Any clear instructions on how to take a photo from the "junk drawer" and drop it here?

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Mar 22, 9:47 am

>5 Mechan1c: This is the link that has instructions on using HTML tags in LibraryThing. The information on inserting images is about half-way down the page.

HelpThing:Html tips

Mar 22, 10:09 am

>5 Mechan1c: I usually store images at and link to it using the 'href' HTML tag.

Mar 22, 6:21 pm

Thanks both, I'll try some more. I can be tech challenged at times!

Editado: Mar 28, 9:12 pm

I just finished War on the Border: Villa, Pershing, the Texas Rangers and the Invasion of America by Jeff Guinn. I wish more western US history was taught in school. For some reason I had Pancho Villa as existing many years earlier instead of during World War I. I found this book fascinating.

I also went to the library book sale last weekend and picked up The Heart of Everything That Is by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, Trail of Tears by John Ehle and Thunder in the Mountains by Daniel J. Sharfstein. I was surprised to find them as I no longer live in the western part of the country and don't find a lot of books like this.

I am currently reading Cattle Kingdom by Christopher Knowlton

Mar 28, 11:32 pm

>11 daxxh: I read Cattle Kingdom a while ago, I enjoyed it.

Regarding Pershing's Punitive Expedition, I can recommend Chasing Villa: The Last Campaign of the U.S. Cavalry by Colonel Frank Tompkins, a participant in the events. Also a broader look at events, Intervention!: The United States and the Mexican Revolution, 1913-1917 by John S. D. Eisenhower. And a more unusual option, A Preliminary to War: The 1st Aero Squadron and the Mexican Punitive Expedition of 1916 by Roger G. Miller, short but very interesting.

Currently I'm reading The Comanchero Frontier: A History of New Mexican-Plains Indian Relations by Charles L. Kenner. Somewhat in an academic style, not unexpected since it was originally Kenner's PhD thesis, it is nevertheless very informative.

Maio 1, 10:28 am

Just started re-reading Apache Gold and Yaqui Silver by J. Frank Dobie. I first read this fascinating book on lost mines and buried treasure about twenty years ago and thought I'd make another visit to the SW. Interesting stuff.

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