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.
For so long, the sheepwagon was such a common sight on the western landscape
that it has been overlooked as an important part of the region’s culture.
Other than a few articles about the quaint sheepwagon or the lonely life of
the rapidly disappearing sheepherder, no definitive history of the western
sheep business has been written since 1948.
This photo-intensive book gives the history of the sheepwagon and the
surrounding sheep business. Here are chapters on the early days of Western
sheep-raising; the origins and manufacturing of sheepwagons; traditional
sheepherders: their superstitions, customs and pastimes; women and families
who lived in sheepwagons; the Basque influence; and modern-day herders,
sheepwagons, and restorers.
Author Weidel spent years interviewing sheepmen and women, sheepherders,
wagon builders, and experts for this, the only book on the fascinating “first
• 0-931271-64-9 • trade paper • index • bibliography • 8
x 10 • 192 pp • $19.95 ORDER NOW
“To know more about the sheep raising traditions
in the West, particularly in Wyoming, this book is a valuable information
source. …I highly
recommend this book.”
Moulton, Fence Post
Nancy Weidel is fascinated with sheepwagons-which at first seems a little unusual for a woman who grew up in the suburbs of Delaware.
After working for five years as waitress, she went back to school to earn a degree in American History at the University of Delaware. Then came a stint in the business world in Wilmington before she returned to school for an M.A. in History. Then, like many adventurers before her, she packed up and headed West.
Since 1992 she has been employed in various capacities by the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office.
She is the author of The Pictorial History of Cheyenne 1887-1917 and a postcard edition of early Cheyenne.
She continues her interest in everything to do with sheepwagons.
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