COLORADO MINING CAMPS

Part of our heritage lies with the hardy people of the early gold and silver mining camps. This book presents 207 communities that were significant during the Colorado mining boom. Many have been inhabited continuously since they were established. Some are in various stages of collapse, and others have totally disappeared. Some became ghost towns but withstood the test of time and have had a resurgence. Each community has its own special story, and they are often spiced with legend, lore and humor. This is a comprehensive history of (and guide to) those places and the colorful people of that turbulent era.

336 Pages, 125 Photographs, 30 Maps

Colorado Mining Camps
by Dave Southworth


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ISBN: 978-1-890778-00-2
336 pages; Softcover 125 photographs; 30 maps
Includes bibliography, glossary and index

$29.95

LEADVILLE

Leadville, Colorado has its own special story, one that has become legendary because of its myriad of extraordinary people.  First, there was a gold rush, then a silver rush, and the city of Leadville blossomed at an elevation of over 10,000 feet amidst some of the loftiest mountains in North America.  The Cloud City, as it is known, has a history as interesting as any mining town in the West.  There are stories of rags to riches, and riches to rags.  Murder, sin, and scandals were commonplace.  Through it all, however, the inhabitants of Leadville forged a fine city with wonderful churches, outstanding civic organizations and clubs, and eventually a safe environment in which to live.  Within this unique community, were colorful characters of all kinds. This is their story.

115 Pages, 52 Photographs

Leadville
by Dave Southworth

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ISBN: 978-1-890778-09-5
115 pages; Softcover; 51 photgraphs
Includes bibliography, glossary and index

$12.95

FAMOUS GUNFIGHTS OF TEXAS

"An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" is the oldest code of law enforcement known to man.  It was also the code of revenge and retribution across much of early Texas.  Where reasonable legal redress could not be obtained, it was often necessary to arm one's self, family or group for the purpose of self-preservation. Doing so did not necessarily constitute disrespect for the law.  Hostilities developed with different scenarios, with individuals, or factions, believing they had the right to be the law, the judge and the jury.  Famous Gunfights of Texas presents some of the more interesting and renowned conflicts that occurred predominately during the post-Civil War period until shortly after the turn of the century.  With a few exceptions, the gunfights that appear in this book took place on Lone Star soil.  Those that did not involved Texans and are significant to their particular story.  The cast of characters includes John Wesley Hardin, "Deacon" Jim Miller, Jim Courtright, Luke Short, Sam Bass and Bill Longley.  Much of the action, however, was created by those with lesser reputations.  Texas was the scene of many incredible stories.

171 Pages, 49 Photographs

Famous Gunfights of Texas
by Dave Southworth

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ISBN: 978-1-890778-14-9
171 pages; Softcover 49 photographs
Includes bibliography and index

$14.95

FAMOUS GUNFIGHTS OF THE AMERICAN WEST

From the pages of Famous Gunfights of the American West spring the grit and daring of such gunfighters as Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Butch Cassidy, Bill Doolin, the Earp brothers, and the Dalton gang.  Their exploits, as well as those of many other characters, inspired captivating stories.  To many men, robbery was a way of life, and killing was often an act of survival.  Many locales had able peace officers intent on bringing the outlaws to justice.  Lawmen such as Bill Tilghman, Heck Thomas, Jim and Bat Masterson, and Pat Garrett risked their lives for little monetary compensation and a dedication to their badge and what it stood for.  Much of the Old West was lawless, however, and individuals often had to take the law into their own hands in order to protect themselves, their families, and their property.  Famous Gunfights of the American West presents some of the most interesting and renowned stories, predominantly from the post-Civil War period.  The Old West gunfighters are a fascinating part of early American history. 

408 Pages, 117 Photographs

Famous Gunfights of the American West
by Dave Southworth

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ISBN: 978-1-890778-13-2
408 pages; Softcover 116 photographs
Includes bibliography and index

$29.95

GUNFIGHTERS OF THE OLD WEST

Old West gunfighters will always fascinate a large segment of our population. From the pages of this book (and its 43 stories) spring the grit and daring of such individuals as Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Luke Short and Butch Cassidy. They precipitated many captivating stories, as did a host of other characters with lesser reputations. Whether they were wearing a badge, or running from the law, the gunfighters' exploits live in American folklore.

Whenever gunfights occurred there was usually a story to tell. As historians struggle to separate the facts from the legends, we continue to have a more accurate picture as to the authenticity of events, and this book strives to present the reality behind each legend. An impressive gallery of photographs complements the text. A special chapter entitled "Guns and Gunmakers" is included.

224 Pages, 68 Photographs

Gunfighters of the Old West
by Dave Southworth

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ISBN: 978-0-9644728-9-1
224 pages; Softcover 68 photographs
Includes bibliography and index

$14.95

GUNFIGHTERS OF THE OLD WEST II

A Winchester or Colt made brave men even more courageous. When conflicts erupted into gunfights, there was usually a fascinating story to tell. Bank vaults, stagecoach lockboxes and Wells Fargo safes were frequently easy prey for outlaw gangs. Their members sometimes spent much of their short lives fleeing from the law. Killing was often an act of survival. To a few, it was a way of life. Conversely, there were able peace officers intent on bringing outlaws to justice. With a dedication to their badge and what it represented, they risked their lives for little monetary compensation. This book features such individuals as Doc Holliday, John Wesley Hardin, Cole Younger, "Black Jack" Ketchum, Bill Tilghman, Jim Courtright, Chris Evans and John Sontag.

A special section entitled "Chronology of Frontier Firearms" discusses the weaponry that was prevalent during this period.

221 Pages, 68 Photographs

Gunfighters of the
Old West II

by Dave Southworth

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ISBN: 978-1-890778-06-4
229 pages; Softcover 70 photographs
Includes bibliography and index

$14.95

COLORADO GOLD DUST: Short Stories and Profiles

The early mining settlements had a reputation for being tough and rowdy. Each, it seems, was a melting pot of very different people, from very different backgrounds, each trying to get rich off the mountains or off others who had already struck pay dirt. There were gamblers and con artists, tin stars and gunslingers, itinerant preachers and parlor girls, paupers and millionaires, thieves and cowards, dreamers and fools. There were many colorful characters that helped create great legends.

This book includes forty-eight stories that arose from that era of our history. There are stories of rags to riches, lost gold, extraordinary women, and mob justice among others. Pen and ink sketches by the author accompany each story.

176 Pages, 48 Pen and Ink Sketches

Colorado Gold Dust:
Short Stories and Profiles

by Dave Southworth

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ISBN: 978-0-9644728-0-8
176 pages; Softcover
48 pen & ink sketches
Includes bibliography

$12.95

GHOST TOWNS AND MINING CAMPS OF THE SAN JUANS

Each year thousands of people journey to see what still exists from the fascinating gold rush days. The San Juan mountain region is full of mining camps, ghost towns, mills and other mining structures that were centers of activity over a century ago. Each settlement has its own special history, one that was molded by its industrious and dedicated people. To tour these sites is exhilarating. The flapping shutters and creaking boards will amplify one's imagination. So should this book.

96 Pages, 43 Photographs, 10 Maps

Ghost Towns and Mining
Camps of the San Juans
by Dave Southworth

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ISBN: 978-1-890778-01-9
96 pages; Softcover 43 photographs; 10 maps
Includes bibliography, glossary, and index

$13.95

FEUDS ON THE WESTERN FRONTIER

Contents:

Feuds of the Horrell Clan
The Hoodoo War
The Sutton-Taylor Feud
Reprisal in Bell County
The Lincoln County War and Billy the Kid
Jack Slade and the Julesburg Vendetta
The Mitchell-Truitt Affair
The Pleasant Valley War
The Earp-Clanton Vendetta
Battle for the Gray County Seat
The Jaybird-Woodpecker Feud
Bulletproof Killer and the Pecos Grudge
The Johnson County Invasion
The Dewey-Berry Feud

Feuds on the Western Frontier is a special edition featuring fourteen post-Civil War conflicts from the historical writings of Dave Southworth.

152 Pages, 54 Photographs

Feuds on the Western Frontier
by Dave Southworth

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Softcover: ISBN: 978-1-890778-15-6
Hardcover: ISBN: 978-1-890778-02-6
152 pages; 54 photographs
Includes bibliography and index

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RHYMES OF A STORYTELLER

Rhymes of a Storyteller is light, entertaining reading that is suitable for all ages. The author is a storyteller who has used several different rhyme schemes to convey his short stories, without too much concern for ideal or faultless meter. The stories are both fiction and nonfiction and tell of interesting people, animals and places set to various patterns of verse for the reader's enjoyment.

91 Pages

Rhymes of a Storyteller
by Dave Southworth

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ISBN: 978-1-890778-12-5
96 pages
Softcover

$11.95

FRANKLIN HALL

Franklin Hall is based on a true story. It is set in the mid-1950s during the days of fender skirts, S&H Green Stamps, the limbo, flat tops, and racial segregation. It is also the time when that new sound, called rock 'n' roll, was capturing the fancy of teenagers everywhere. An emerging star named Elvis Presley had girls shrieking in ecstasy from one end of the country to the other.

Dean loves attractive girls. So much so that it often gets him into trouble. He is mischievous, adventurous, quite a prankster, and unfaithful. A frequent lack of discipline, considerable hell-raising, and a penchant for good times are undoubtedly why his dad enrolled him in military school. One of Dean's primary goals is to help his roommate lose his virginity. Something always seems to interrupt the effort, however. Although his antics may never cease, will true love eventually help Dean become more forthright?

195 Pages

Franklin Hall
by Dave Southworth

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ISBN: 978-1-890778-11-8
195 pages
Softcover

$14.95

 

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