Jay Cooke’s Gamble…

By Wally McLane

Re: M. John Lubetkin’s book “Jay Cooke’s Gamble: The Northern Pacific Railroad, the Sioux, and the Panic of 1873

Cornelius Vanderbilt, when commenting on the forthcoming Northern Pacific Railroad (NPRR), said, “You can’t build a railroad from nowhere to nowhere. Transcontinental railroads, which are largely financed with government funds and guarantees, have to make sense

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Wild Ride: The Rise & Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, America’s Premier Racing Dynasty

By Leesa Zalesky

 

Founded in 1924 by Chicago mogul William Monroe Wright, Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, was to the world of thoroughbred racing what the New York Yankees are to baseball. The farm, built with money from and named for the Calumet brand of baking powder, bred so many thoroughbred racing superstars that it became the standard by

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Mile High Mile Deep

By Jane Lambert

Sometimes the Universe works in mysterious and wonderful ways.

I just finished reading Ivan Doig’s “Work Song,’ which is about Butte, Montana, in 1919, when this book “Mile High Mile Deep” appeared for me at a yard sale. Richard (Dick) O’Malley gives us a street level, adventuresome boy’s look at Butte in the early 1920s. Dick and

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Makin’ Tracks With My Horses and Mules

Makin’ Tracks With My Horses and Mules

This book — “Makin’ Tracks With My Horses and Mules” by Jane Lambert — chronicles a family’s involvement with horses and mules from the 1940s until the present. Set in northern California and western Montana in nearly equal parts, the stories span 73 years and 4 generations of the Hendricks family.
Sisters Judy and Janie

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The 1928 Bunion Derby

 

By Linda Grosskopf

I’m a great believer in a good book title, and I LOVE the title of this lovely new book by James R. Powell: “The 1928 Bunion Derby: A Historical Tour and Driving Guide, Chicago to New York City.”

From a University of Oklahoma press release comes this summary of the book: “The historic 1928 ‘Bunion Derby’ was

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Marine Boot Camp 1969… Where the men were sorted from the boys

By Linda Grosskopf

Being an author and an editor, I quite often meet someone who has written a book that’s never gotten into print for one reason or another. Ergo, many of my editing book projects have evolved from someone saying, “Hey, I wrote a book but haven’t gotten it published.” So when a new friend of mine mentioned that, many

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"Frank on the Prairie" embellished by Charlie Russell

By Linda Grosskopf

Oh boy, the minute I laid eyes on this brand-new book – “Frank of the Prairie” by Harry Castlemon with Additional Illustration by Charles M. Russell” — I knew I would be reviewing it. The fact that it contains “additional illustrations” by Charlie and was published by the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana, are telling details.
Let

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Lame Cow Cartoons

Lame Cow Cartoons

By Linda Grosskopf

I first met my buddy Mark Feist a couple years ago when there was a big commotion at the Montana Department of Livestock. Mark was then a Montana State Brand Inspector / Investigator and had been for quite some time, which meant he could read blotched brands on critters crowding past him in an alley with

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Here’s some more good reading material…

Here’s some more good reading material…
By Linda Grosskopf

My friend Floyd Lewis, Jr., of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, has sent me many interesting saddle stories over the years. Recently, he sent me a simple spiral-bound, 80-page book called “Grandpa’s Stories: The Cow Trader’s Kid Recalls.”
Floyd sent me a handwritten note with the book that read: “Linda, I had many a chuckle reading (your

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Ranching 101…

Ranching 101…
By Linda Grosskopf

I didn’t have to see the book “Ranching 101: Survival Tips for Entering the Weird World of Agriculture” to know I would like it. All I had to know were the authors… Lisa Schmidt and Maggie Nutter. But what REALLY clinched it for me was when I heard who was illustrating it: my buddy Mark Feist!

It’s a

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