Tularosa, last of the frontier West by C. L. Sonnichsen

By C. L. Sonnichsen

Tularosa—sun-scorched, sandblasted, merciless—the parched wasteland the place every thing, from cactus to cowman, includes a weapon of a few style, and the one creatures who sleep with either eyes closed are lifeless. Tularosa—the final frontier within the continental usa. C. L. Sonnichsen, an expert at the Southwest, writing from fundamental files and conversations with survivors of Tularosa’s pioneer days, tells the tales of the nice livestock ranchers pitted opposed to bold rustlers, elite males opposed to Apaches, desperados opposed to legislation males. listed below are Oliver Lee, Pat Garrett, and invoice McNew. And this is the feud among Col. A. J. Fountain and Albert Fall. Sonnichsen has up-to-date his heritage for this new version with a revised ultimate bankruptcy bringing the drama of Tularosa and the hot Mexican frontier West into the Atomic Age.

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1 This was the beginning of the Exodus of John Good. Quite probably his neighbors made it clear to him that though the law exonerated him, they did not. At any rate he left the country and began a series of moves which eventually brought him to a smoke-stained career in New Mexico. John and his brother Isham had been close to trouble for some time. In the lonesome limestone hills west of Austin they were well, if not favorably, known. 2 John was the number-one man of the clan, a great big full-bearded, hell-raising fellow who ran cows for a living, raced horses and played poker for fun, and bullied his neighbors from lifelong habit.

Good accusing him of harboring the worst characters in West Texas. They state that in consequence of this fact his presence is no longer needed in the country. They give him until the first of October. " 5 Innocent or not, he took his time about moving on. He was still at Coleman in 1878 when Rufe O'Keefe spent a night at his hotel, but in 1880 he had settled on ranch property fifty miles northwest of Colorado City. Billy King, a Texas cowboy who was drifting west toward a career as a Tombstone saloonkeeper, stopped off to punch Long S cows for Lum Slaughter and went on roundups with John's tall son Walter.

The Apollo Program, which helped to put men on the moon, has closed down, but the scientists and technicians at White Sands Missile Range have new projects to keep them in constant motion. A new edition of this book, with some corrections and additions, may be a timely reminder that the Tularosa country is still a tremendously exciting place and will be for the foreseeable future. C. L. SONNICHSEN TUCSON, 1980 Page xi Contents Tough Country 3 With Plow and Rifle 9 Texas Cattle 17 Blood on the Sand 28 Lead and Law 39 The Lives of Albert Fountain 54 The Rise of Albert Fall 68 Cow Trouble 79 The Temperature Rises 90 The Bravest Man In New Mexico 97 A Gunfight and a Letter 107 The Shadow of Death 115 Vanished Without Trace 123 Footprints on the Desert 131 Pat Garrett Plays it Cautious 139 New DaysOld Ways 148 The Fight at the Wildy Well 159 On the Dodge 165 The Defense Rests 173 Aftermath 191 The Bard of the Tularosa 202 Pat Garrett's Last Ride 228 Three Rivers: A Fabulous History 245 Frontiers in Space 273 Sources 293 Notes 300 Index 325 Page 3 Tough Country The Tularosa country is a parched desert where everything, from cactus to cowman, carries a weapon of some sort, and the only creatures who sleep with both eyes closed are dead.

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