From the world-famous to the relatively obscure, Outlaw Tales of California features true tales of fifteen bandits, outlaws, and no-good scoundrels. From Sacramento to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Nevada City, the frontier towns of California were populated by some of the toughest and most dangerous characters in the West. Tom Bell, the flat-nosed, felon doctor had his “Catch me if you can!” motto finally catch up to him when he was hanged after a wild eighteen-month career as an outlaw. Lawman-gone-bad Henry Plummer got twisted up in a lascivious love affair. And bad luck bandit Dick Fellows never could catch a break—except for in his leg and ankle. From Charles Earl “Black Bart” Boles to “Rattlesnake Dick” Barter, Juan Flores to Joaquin Murieta, read about the most notorious desperados in the history of the Golden State. Through these astonishing true stories, Outlaw Tales of California introduces you to a state you thought you knew—and a West that was wilder than you’ve ever imagined.
By the time Stagecoach made John Wayne a silver-screen star in 1939, the thirty-one-year-old was already a veteran of more than sixty films, having twirled six-guns, tossed rope, busted broncos, and foiled cattle rustlers in B westerns for five different studios over the course of a dozen years. By the 1950s he was Hollywood’s most popular male actor–an Academy Award nominee destined to become an American icon.
Through previously unpublished photographs and revealing family anecdotes, The Young Duke tells how Marion Morrison became the legend known as John Wayne–from his boyhood in Winterset, Iowa, to his days as a college football star, to his stunning box-office success in Westerns and war movies in the 1930s and 1940s. Shedding new light on Wayne’s formative years and early Hollywood roles and influences, this biography reveals the true stories behind the screen legend’s public and private lives.
“What we want to do is give our women even more liberty than they have. Let them do any kind of work that they see fit, and if they do it as well as men, give them the same pay.”
—William F. Cody, 1899
With rough-riding cowboys, sure shots, and fantastic reenactments of battles and train robberies, Buffalo Bill Cody brought the myth of the Old West to life for audiences all over the world—and some of the most popular cowboys in his Wild West Show were young ladies. Cody surrounded himself with strong, intelligent, talented, beautiful women—and this revealing portrait tells the stories of his life and of his relationships with many of the trick riders, sharpshooters, and other women associated with the show for which he was famous.
In 1944 Roy Rogers and Dale Evans lit up the silver screen in The Cowboy and the Senorita, making their names – and lives – inseparable. It was the start of a fifty-six-year partnership that included thirty motion pictures, a long-running hit television series, and a family of nine children.
The Cowboy and the Senorita tells the heartbreaking yet ultimately triumphant story of the “King of the Cowboys” and “Queen of the West.” In this new, authorized biography, the Rogers family shares the inside story of these beloved Western heroes, detailing Roy’s and Dale’s struggles and rise to stardom, the lives of their children, their professional triumphs, and the personal tragedies that befell their family.
Over their long careers, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans came to represent truth, justice, and the American way. Their story will take you back to a simpler time, when wholesome entertainment ruled Saturday matinees and the good guys wore white hats both on and off the screen.
Tales Behind the Tombstones tells the stories behind the deaths (or supposed deaths) and burials of the Old West’s most nefarious outlaws, notorious women, and celebrated lawmen. Readers will learn the story behind Calamity Jane’s wish to be buried next to Wild Bill Hickok, discover how and where the Earp brothers came to be buried, and visit the sites of tombs long forgotten while legends have lived on.
On May 17, 1876, Elizabeth Bacon Custer kissed her husband George goodbye and wished him good fortune in his efforts to fulfill the Army’s orders to drive in the Indians who would not relocate to a reservation. The smartly dressed couple made for a splendid picture. This new biography of Elizabeth Bacon Custer tells the story of the dashing couple’s romance, reveals their life of adventure throughout the West during the days of the Indian Wars, and recounts the tragic end of the 7th Cavalry and the aftermath for the wives. Libbie Custer followed her itinerant army husband’s career to its end,but she was also an amazing master of propaganda who sought to recreate George Armstrong Custer’s image after Little Bighorn. Famous in her own time, she remains a fascinating character in American history.
More than six decades have passed since Roy Rogers and Dale Evans first rode the celluloid range together, yet they continue to be loved and admired in a way few – if any – celebrities can claim. They co-starred in twenty-nine motion pictures and recorded more than 200 albums together, and they brought their talents to television in the 1950s, entertaining a large audience with The Roy Rogers Show.
Happy Trails shares intimate photographs of the lives and fifty-six-year partnership of this famous couple, both on and off the screen. From their first singing jobs to their successful film careers, the photographs chronicle the duo’s early struggles and slow rise to stardom. On the home front, their faith was constantly tested by the struggles in their personal lives. Roy’s first wife died, leaving him with three children to bring up alone. After Roy and Dale were married, their two-year-old daughter died, a second daughter died in a tragic accident and a son died suddenly overseas.
The family photographs show the family’s steadfast faith and endurance during tough times and their love and warmth during happier times, when the children were young and their parents were not only superstars, they were “Mom” and “Dad.”
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were the reigning royalty of B Western movies for more than a decade and they parlayed their fame into a ten-year hit television show, becoming overnight heroes to millions of boys and girls. With never-before-published family photographs and personal reminiscences, Happy Trails shares the struggles, triumphs, and seldom seen home life of this famous husband-and-wife duo. Included are private photographs from their childhoods, early singing careers, marriage, and family life with their nine children, as well as publicity photographs of the “King of the Cowboys” and the “Queen of the West” with Trigger, Bullet, Gabby Hayes, and Pat Brady.