Rebel Yell and Comanche Moon: Sam Gwynne Speaks.

 Hi S.C. Gwynne (better known as Sam Gwynne): Thanks so much for talking to me. I’ve admired you for years, since I read Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History.  Not only do I admire the job you did…

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Dan O’Brien, Buffalo Ranching and Books

Buffalo rancher and author Dan O’Brien says he has spent the last fifteen years of his life “trying to give buffalo a dignified death that beats the alternative.
“They seem to understand that, much better than some people.”

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Texas’ Southern Great Plains: The Last Picture Show

This is the irony of Texas. We destroyed the plains to build the towns that are now disappearing as well. Thanks to dwindling water supplies, and farm and ranch mechanization, many of the small towns flung between Abilene, Amarillo, and El Paso are vanishing like dust on the wind.

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Who Were Those Masked Men?

This article was originally published in The Texas Observer magazine Here’s my most vivid memory from Midland: I am a teenager, my nose pressed flat to the glass to better see a display case at the Midland County Historical Museum. The case and the museum are in the county library’s dark basement. Yet the object of…

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Alamo heroes–Writer Talks about Travis, Crockett and Bowie

William B. Travis, David Crockett and Jim Bowie, who died at The Alamo, were heroes who can’t be judged by modern standards, says historian William Davis.

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Del Norte Review, by Ron Scheer

This dark western novella from Texas writer Julia Robb begins appropriately with the gravestone of a murdered man. The stone leans against an interior wall of a saloon, the Del Norte of the story’s title, owned and operated by a Mexican woman, Magdalena Chapas. We’re in a dusty garrison town in West Texas. The year…

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Julia Robb, Scalp Mountain –
Review and Interview by Ron Scheer

Readers, I gave this interview in 2012, and it was published on buddiesinthesaddle.com. Sadly, Ron Scheer, who reviewed and interviewed me, has since died. REVIEW This is a fine novel. If you drew a line between Lonesome Dove and All the Pretty Horses, you would find Scalp Mountain somewhere along the way. Robb immerses you…

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Lawmen Who Died With Their Boots On

Johnny Manning..was on the train with Hal Gosling and shot it out toe-to-toe with two escaping prisoners.

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Bad Hand–A Politically Incorrect Indian

Bad Hand, a Seminole Indian, makes his living in very modern ways, explaining 19th century Plains Indians, modeling, performing stunts in movies, training extras to act like Indian warriors and making crafts.

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Robert Utley Talks Billy, Custer and Sitting Bull

Was Custer really unfaithful to Libbie and was he unfaithful with an Indian
woman?
I believe, and so contended in my biography of Custer, that he was sleeping with the Cheyenne Monaseeta while in camp after the Washita fight, Utley said.

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