Dreamers & Schemers: Profiles from Carbon County, Wyoming’s Past

Dreamers & Schemers: Profiles from Carbon County, Wyoming’s  Past

Dreamers & Schemers: Profiles from Carbon County, Wyoming’s Past

By Lori Van Pelt

The first book in Lori Van Pelt’s “Dreamers & Schemers” series. See also Capital Characters of Old Cheyenne.

Lori Van Pelt offers profiles of thirty-one famous and little-known men and women whose behavior helped shape Carbon County. Their achievements are obvious to some, obscure to others, but relevant to all who want to learn more about Wyoming.

Meet the colorful dreamers and schemers of historic Carbon County, Wyoming:

  • Jim Baker, mountain man whose “warmest friend” was his rifle
  • Joe Rankin, western Paul Revere and courageous marshal
  • Tip Thornburgh, frontier major killed in a battle with Utes
  • Margaret Savage, pioneer who didn’t see another woman for months
  • Isom Dart, honorable Black cowboy who loved “thieving”
  • Bonaparte Napoleon Ernest, Indian scout and government guide
  • Big Nose George, hanged by vigilantes, then dissected and made into keepsakes
  • John Osborne, governor who wore shoes made of Big Nose George’s hide
  • Lillian Heath, woman doctor who dressed as a boy for safety
  • Bill Carlisle, gentleman bandit who robbed trains with a toy gun
  • Alkali Ike, alcohol moved him “close to the spirit realm”
  • Ed Haggarty, struck a vein of copper worth millions
  • Willis George Emerson, copper king and smooth promoter
  • “Gee String” Jack, stagecoach driver extraordinaire
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Dreamers & Schemers: Profiles from Carbon County, Wyoming’s  Past

Dreamers & Schemers: Profiles from Carbon County, Wyoming’s Past

By Lori Van Pelt

"The author . . . has done a good job in gleaning data from personal memoirs, popular histories, newspapers, and other miscellaneous publications. . . . [A] delight to read and even serious scholars will find tidbits of information to satisfy their intellectual curiosity."                                                                               
••Annals of Wyoming

Lori Van Pelt

Lori Van Pelt

Lori Van Pelt is the unusual writer who has found success in writing poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, all three.

She is the author of Amelia Earhart: The Sky’s No Limit (Forge, American Heroes series, 2005), named to the New York Public Library’s “Best Books for the Teen Age 2006” list. She is also the author of the Wyoming-based Dreamers and Schemers historical nonfiction series, including Dreamers and Schemers: Profiles from Carbon County Wyoming’s Past and Capital Characters of Old Cheyenne: Dreamers and Schemers. Her award-winning nonfiction articles have appeared in a variety of national and regional publications, including the WREN (Wyoming Rural Electric News), WWA’s Roundup, True West, and Aviation History.

Her short fiction has been published in a number of national anthologies, and the lead story in her own collection, Pecker’s Revenge and Other Stories from the Frontier’s Edge (University of New Mexico Press, 2005), won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Short Fiction in 2006. Her short story “The Wild-Eyed Witness” earned recognition as a Spur Finalist for Best Short Fiction in 2008.

Both Lori and her husband, Eugene, were featured in the television documentary series Cowboys and Outlaws airing on The History Channel. Filming for this episode took place on the Walck Ranch, their cattle ranch near Saratoga, Wyoming.

In addition, Lori is a recipient of a 2010 Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the Wyoming Arts Council. She is an active member of Western Writers of America.