Here's a sampling of High Plains titles on Wyoming and the West: history, outlaws and lawmen, women, poetry, memoirs, and other perspectives of the West. For more information click on the image of the book.
Follow the Boys of Company K to Wyoming during the Civil War.
The inside story of the life of Butch Cassidy.
Poems that will change the way the world looks at women in ranching.
An inspirational and humorous journey of self-discovery.
Did Tom Horn commit the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell for which he was hanged?
The story of the horse that became the symbol of Wyoming
A risky living from Indians and explorers.
A road trip for a cause...on a donkey.
The lynching of Ellen Watson and Jim Averell by six prominent and politically
powerful Wyoming cattlemen rocked the nation in July 1889.
Newspapers immediately proclaimed that Ellen Watson (erroneously called Cattle
Kate) and Jim Averell were rustlers, that Watson was a prostitute and Averell
was a pimp.
After over twenty years of research, George Hufsmith has challenged those
assumptions with documented historic accounts and with newly-unearthed evidence.
In this book, Hufsmith sets the scene: a region settled by cattle barons
who ran vast herds of cattle on public domain land, the Cheyenne Club whose
opulence rivaled anything found in European aristocratic clubs, and the devastating
Blizzard of 1885-86.
He introduces the cast of characters: Averell, a hardworking, well-spoken
homesteader who challenged the cattle barons in a letter to the editor; Watson,
who ﬁled a homestead claim on land already used as a hay meadow by a
prominent rancher; and the lynchers, men who made a fortune on the land and
resented the intruding settlers.
Then Hufsmith reveals the action—he tells us what really happened on
that summer day in Sweetwater County.
Were Watson and Averell rustlers? Was there a real Cattle Kate and who was
she? What happened to the witnesses who disappeared before the Grand Jury hearings?
Who were the lynchers and what became of them? Were Watson and Averell married?
Hufsmith reveals all the known evidence and raises new questions.
“A startling masterpiece of historical detection.”
George Hufsmith’s roots go deep into Wyoming’s past. His great-grandparents settled in Cheyenne two years before Custer’s Last Stand. His keen interest in Wyoming history began upon hearing his grandfather, Will, spin fascinating stories about his early days around the forgotten ghost town of Parkerton on the lonely prairies of central Wyoming.
Hufsmith earned a master’s degree in musical composition and studied with Heitor Villa-Lobos in Rio de Janeiro and at Yale University with Paul Hindermith and Normand Lockwood. He lived in Brazil, traveled extensively, and was fluent in six European languages.
After his return to the area that he loved around the Tetons, in 1954 he was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives where he served for six years. During this time he co-sponsored the bill that created the Wyoming Arts Council and was appointed by the Governor to the Council's first Board of Directors.
Trinity's Debut Album shares a personal and gratifying experience of the western ranch life through the eyes of a cowgirl. The lyrics and music will speak right to your heart as she sings about horses, cowboys, the cowboy way of life, and the story of Cattle Kate. ORDER NOW
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