My new book “Notorious San Juans” is out this week so I’m posting a few juicy nibbles. It took a certain kind of person to come to the remote regions of the west and build a life. As shown by the tragic story of a man like Thomas Greatorex, good breeding and civic-mindedness was not always appreciated or rewarded. On the other hand, plenty of unruly fellows, like Ike Stockton or Kid Adams, found out the hard way that living beyond the boundaries of a regulated society was not always a free pass to raise hell. Justice in the San Juans was certainly uneven. Continue reading
I am working on a new book called “Notorious San Juans,” which tells turn-of-the-last-century stories from Durango, Silverton, and Ouray and outlying regions. The book should be out in the early summer of 2011.
One of the stories that jumped out at me right away when I began my research was the tale of a Secret Service agent who was shot while on duty in November of 1907. I have had the pleasure of meeting two descendants of the fallen agent, who shared with me many photos and documents about what happened to their ancestor. Continue reading