Deep Trails in the Old West: A Frontier Memoir by Frank Clifford,Frederick Nolan

By Frank Clifford,Frederick Nolan

Cowboy and drifter Frank Clifford lived loads of lives—and raised loads of hell—in the 1st region of his lifestyles. The variety of instances he replaced his name—Clifford being only one of them—suggests that he frequently traveled simply steps prior to the legislation. in the course of the 1870s and Eighties his stressed spirit led him all around the Southwest, crossing the trails of a number of the era’s such a lot infamous characters, such a lot significantly Clay Allison and Billy the Kid.

More than simply an wonderful and informative narrative of his Wild West adventures, Clifford’s memoir additionally paints an image of the way ranchers and usual people lived, labored, and stayed alive in the course of these tumultuous years. Written in 1940 and edited and annotated by way of Frederick Nolan, Deep Trails within the outdated West is among the final eyewitness histories of the previous West ever to be discovered.

As Frank Clifford, the writer rode with outlaw Clay Allison’s Colfax County vigilantes, traveled with Charlie Siringo, cowboyed at the Bell Ranch, contended with Apaches, and mined for gold in Hillsboro. In 1880 he used to be one of many Panhandle cowboys despatched into New Mexico to get well farm animals stolen via Billy the child and his compañeros—and within the approach he obtained to understand the child dangerously well.

In unveiling this paintings, Nolan faithfully preserves Clifford’s personal phrases, supplying precious annotation with no censoring both the author’s robust critiques or his racial biases. For all its roughness, Deep Trails within the outdated West is a wealthy source of frontier lore, customs, and manners, informed via a guy who observed the outdated West at its wildest—and lived to inform the tale.

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