Coyotes and Canaries: Characters Who Made the West Wild... and Wonderful!

Coyotes and Canaries: Characters Who Made the West Wild... and Wonderful!

Coyotes and Canaries: Characters Who Made the West Wild... and Wonderful!

By Larry K. Brown

Coyotes & Canaries delves into the lives of some of the most intriguing historical figures in Wyoming—indeed in all the West.

Author Larry Brown introduces us to such characters as Lou Polk and Dell Burke, soiled doves who not only survived but prospered; Ella “Cattle Kate” Watson who, due to the greed of others, died at the end of a rope; writer Owen Wister; suffragette and historian Grace Raymond Hebard; artist Juan Menchaca; world champion saddle bronc rider Jackson Sundown; Wild West hero “Buffalo Bill” Cody, and many more.

Includes chapters on 48 of Wyoming’s most colorful and intriguing historic figures. Many photos.

  • • 0-931271-70-3 • trade paper • index • 288 pp • sources • $19.95 ORDER NOW
Coyotes and Canaries: Characters Who Made the West Wild... and Wonderful!

Coyotes and Canaries: Characters Who Made the West Wild... and Wonderful!

By Larry K. Brown

“…we are indebted to the time and talent of Larry K. Brown and those who helped him along the extraordinary—and no doubt from time to time bumpy—trails he pursued to bring us Coyotes and Canaries. This is a book that will provide pleasure, adventure, and an expanded knowledge of a wonderful state and its history.”
•• former Wyoming Governor Mike Sullivan

“Wow! What a book!…An absolute must for anyone interested in Wyoming history.”
•• James A. Crutchfield, author of Mountain Men of the American West

“I’m a huge fan of Larry Brown’s twisted sense of humor (see all of his book titles). He makes history fun and he gets it right. What else could you possibly want?”
•• Bob Boze Bell, Executive Director, True West Magazine

Larry K. Brown

Larry K. Brown

Larry K. Brown is the author of five books and many magazine articles. His interests in the fields of crime, women's history, and the Old West have converged to become a writing specialty for him. His Petticoat Prisoners of Old Wyoming was a recipient of a coveted Wyoming State Historical Society "Publications Award," and he served as guest editor for a "Collector's Edition" of True West magazine which featured "hellcats, strumpets, and other wayward women" of the Old West.

His other books include two additional titles in his Wyoming criminal history trilogy, Hog Ranches of Wyoming: Liquor, Lust, and Lies Under Sagebrush Skies and You Are Respectfully Invited to Attend My Execution. Released in 2003 was Coyotes and Canaries: Characters Who Made the West Wild . . . and Wonderful! and in 2007 Bad in the Good Old Days.

His articles have appeared in numerous nonfiction anthologies as well as in such prominent periodicals as Wild West, True West, Old West, American Cowboy, Cowboy, and the National Cowboy Museum's Persimmon Hill.

He and his wife Florence live in Cheyenne.