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.
A side of the military you never read about—the official U.S. Army Laundresses.
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.
Did Tom Horn kill Willie Nickell? He was a death sentence to rustlers and
the devil incarnate to homesteaders in late nineteenth-century Wyoming.
Did Tom Horn commit the 1901 murder of the fourteen-year-old son of a sheep-owning
homesteader who had stolen from the cattle barons’ ranges? If not, who
Cheyenne author Chip Carlson, in this, his third book, answers these questions
and others with the monumental results of more than ten years of research into
Who were Tom Horn’s other victims? Was there collusion on the part
of three governors in two Colorado murders? How could the jury return a verdict
of guilty in Tom Horn’s trial in the face of evidence that someone else
was the killer? Why did Tom Horn’s parents flee to Canada? Was there
jury tampering and bribery? Why did Tom Horn say “I would kill him and
be done with him?” What was the role of schoolteacher Glendolene Kimmell,
and where did she end her years?
Tom Horn, the most notorious of Wyoming’s range detectives and a pre-eminent
name in Wyoming history, operated unchecked until he was arrested for the murder
of Willie Nickell. The murder and questionable nature of Horn’s conviction
still ignite firestorms of controversy in Wyoming.
Before he was hanged Horn said, “I have lived about fifteen ordinary
lives. I would like to have had somebody who saw my past and could picture
it to the public. It would be the most god damn interesting reading in the
country.” Now author Chip Carlson provides that reading.
On the 100th anniversary of Horn's hanging two special anniversary book packages were assembled. The hardcover package is sold out, but a few softcover packages are still available:
The last 100 copies of the now out-of-print first edition of the softcover
book were signed, dated, and numbered by the author at the site of the execution.
Three color photographs unavailable elsewhere, a certificate of authenticity,
and a keep-safe box complete the package. Enthusiast's Package: $50 while they last ORDER NOW
"...with this latest work he [Chip Carlson] must be considered
the authority on Tom Horn. This work is a definite must for those interested
in outlaws and lawmen as well as for those who love a mystery. The question
of Horn's guilt or innocence can still be the reason for arguments in Wyoming
•• Chuck Parsons, National Association for Outlaw and Lawman
"Chip Carlson knows more about Tom Horn than any person living."
Dr. Gene M. Gressley, Director Emeritus American Heritage Center, University
Radio interview with author
Author Chip Carlson was born in Pennsylvania near Carlyle, coincidentally where many of the early powers in the Wyoming cattle business originated. He is a graduate of Colgate University with a BA in philosophy. Before moving to Wyoming in 1977 he lived in Latin America, Canada, and the Midwest while working in marketing capacities.
He has invested over twelve years into researching the history of the Tom Horn episode in Wyoming, as well as other aspects of the early ranching business. He is a frequent contributor to national and regional publications.
He presents programs on Tom Horn and sometimes assumes the role of Horn as a part of his programs.
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