Cowboys and the Old West

The Hog Ranches of Wyoming
Liquor, Lust, and lies under Sagebrush Skies
By Larry K. Brown

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Frontier “Hog Ranches” were part saloon, part dance hall, and part brothel. These rip-roaring establishments usually sprung up around forts to provide diversion for the troops, although cowboys and locals were willing to pull up a stool at the bar as well. Author Larry Brown has gathered the stories of Wyoming’s Hog ranches from Mother featherlegs’ place to the Nine Mile Ranch to the Hog Ranch at Fetterman. These colorful sties were brimming with sin, gunplay, gambling, murder, outlaws, and romance.

   

Wyoming’s Territorial Sheriffs
By Ann Gorzalka

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Most of the fifty-five men who pinned on stars were simply good citizens who carried out the routine duties of office-maintaining order, collecting taxes and liquor license fees, inspecting chimneys, and running the county jail. Some rose to the occasion when faced with adversity. Others arranged to be out of town. The fifty-five territorial sheriffs of Wyoming helped shape the history of the territory and the state it became. It is a great way to dig deeper into the real Old West.

   

Coyotes and Canaries
Characters Who made the West Wild… and Wonderful!
By Larry K. Brown

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“Wow! What a book! In this enlightening volume, Wyoming historian and storyteller Larry Brown gives us the low-down on numerous residents of the “Equality State.” From famed saddle-maker Frank Meanea, to the notorious Tom Horn, to Wyoming’s first black legislator, William Jefferson Hardin. An absolute must for anyone interested in Wyoming history.” James A Crutchfield, author of Mountain Men of the American West.

   

I see by your Outfit
Historic Cowboy gear of the Northern Plains
By Tom LIndmier & Steve Mount

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Cowboys we love the legend. But what did they really look like, wear, and what equipment did they use for their work? No Hollywood film-flam or arty photographic re-creation here. Lindmier and Mount demonstrate through the use of historic photographs what actual working cowboys of the Northern Plains wore and what equipment they used. These cowboys may not look like the ones in the movies, but you can bet your boots they are the real thing.

   

Sheepwagon Home on the Range
By Nancy Weidel

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Sheep wagon: a home on wheels with a intriguing history, designed to house a sheepherder as he follows his flocks across the grasslands and mountains. A marvel of practicality and efficiency. But on a rare occasion, as I zoom down a high way, I spot the white top of a sheep wagon--a lonely sentinel on the endless horizon-and it fills my imagination . If only I could live in that sheep wagon…. If only I could escape to an isolated mountain meadow with my loyal dog, a good book, some friendly sheep, and a cozy sheep wagon. This book will take you there. Try it!

   

The Cowboy’s Own Brand book
By Duncan Emrich

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Clear, practical and decorative, a cowboy’s cattle brand was often linked to objects familiar to him or that he encountered in his day-to-day activities, Pitchforks, spurs, steer skulls, letters, numbers and other motifs were frequently incorporated into brands. With this instructive and entertaining book, tenderfeet of all ages will learn hot to read brands, and recognize symbols known to every ranch hand. You’ll find out how to distinguish the lazy R from the flying R, the quarter moon from the quarter circle and much more. You’ll even learn to design your own brands.

   

Cowboy Clothing and Gear
The Complete Hamley Catalog of 1942 Hamley & Co

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The complete republication of the now-rare 1942 Hamley catalog provides a fascinating record of the hundreds of items manufactured and sold by the firm; hand-finished, finely tooled saddles, Stetson hats, Levi’s Pendleton shirts, hand engraved silver spurs, sterling silver buckles sets, hand stamped belts, cowhide chaps, leather booths, fringed leather riding suits for women and many more. Collectors, Western fans and nostalgia lovers will delight in this comprehensive catalog.

   

C is for Cowboy
A Wyoming Alphabet
By Eugene Gagliano

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Catch a glimpse of all the wonders, history, and landscapes Wyoming has to offer in C is for Cowboy. This journey begins “A is for Altitude of mountains that soar, the Grand Tetons rise straight from the floor”. Written in a two-tier format with rhyming text fro younger readers and detailed expository text for older readers, C is for Cowboy showcases the many natural wonders of the expansive Equality State.

   

B is for Buckaroo
A cowboy alphabet
By Louise Doak Whitney & Gleaves Whitney

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Cowpokes and Buckaroos of all ages will enjoy this A-Z romp through the facts, feats and folks of the cowboy way of life. What makes a cowboy or cowgirl? What equipment can’t they do with out? What is a jinglebob and where is it worn? Husband and wife writing team Gleaves and Louis Whitney answer these and other questions in high-stepping rhyme and information text. Wyoming artist Susan Guy’s vivid painting accompany the text and bring the rugged beauty of the range and the West to life.

   

B is for Big Sky Country
A Montana Alphabet
By Sneed B. Collard III

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From Anaconda and duck-billed dinosaurs to Pompey’s Pillar and Charlie Russell, B is for Big Sky Country is a book for all Montanans. The simple rhymes and informative text are woven together from A to Z designed to teach children and adults alike about the Treasure State. With each turn of the page you’ll make a new discovery about Montana.

   

Cattle Brands
Iron Clad signatures
By Jane Pattie

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Featuring the Leonard Stiles Branding Iron Collection of the Cattle Raisers Museum and lots of information on the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA). Jane Pattie has done her work for the Cowboys of the West, as you go through this impressive collection on a supposedly simple subject like cattle Brands. Enjoy the ride and the great many photos in this impressive book!

   

DK book Eyewitness
COWBOY

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DK books what more is there to tell, a fascinating picture book that will take you through the cowboys life, his tools, and many other fascinating things, great pictures a wonderful series.

   

DK book Eyewitness
Wild West

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Another in the Eyewitness series, this one is all on the Old Wild West! Beautiful pictures, great insight, fascinating and a great book for young and old alike. Buy them both and sit back and enjoy!

   

The Cowboy Boot:
History, Art, Culture, function
By David Stoecklein

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WOW this is pure Stoecklein, fabulous pictures, great history, and this book is definitely a keeper. Whether you use this book as a coffee table book or as a reference book you will enjoy reading and looking at it over and over again! Boots, boots, and more boots!

   

The Western Buckle:
History, Art, Culture, Function
By David Stoecklein

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Well talk about reading personal history, the Western Buckle is just that book, you will discover the very personal histories that the Cowboy’s wear to show their pride in their life. After reading and enjoying this coffee table book, you will be watching for belt buckles everywhere!

   

The Spur
History, Art, Culture, Funtion
By David Stoecklein

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The Spur, do you have to live in the West to see these little accessories? Well after reading this book you will want to come West and find as many as you can. A subtle reminder that the OLD West is still alive and kicking out here with the Cowboys and all of their equipment, branding irons, buckles, boots and all!

   

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Navajo & Native American

All of these books and photos are on Crazy Woman Navajo Weaving Supplies under books.

Navajo Weaving Way
The Path form fleece to rug
By Noel Bennett and Tina Bighorse

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The books is a must for all beginning weavers it is filled with all sorts of detailed instructions, diagrams, and even bits of Navajo legend and lore of the Spider Woman. This book is simply the best. Project designs included.

   

Weaving a Navajo Rug
By Caroline Spurgeon

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This little spiral bound book is chalked full of information on weaving a full size Navajo Rug. Written by the inventor of the Maxi Loom it will be a wonderful addition to your reference section on Navajo weaving.

   

Weaving a Miniature Navajo Rug
By Caroline Spurgeon

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This little book will walk you through the process of setting up the Mini and Maxi looms by C-Cactus Flower looms. It is a great little spiral bound book and ease to go through and use. A must if you own a Mini Loom.

   

Genuine Navajo Rug
By Noel Bennett

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This is one of Noel’s early books that is still true today. You will find all of the information in it on how to tell a Mexican rug from a real Navajo rug. This book is a must if you are interested in purchasing rugs or creating them. A wonderful guide

   

A Guide to Navajo Weavings
By Kent McManis & Robert Jeffries

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A book that covers the history from the early 1900’s to today and is filled with information on Navajo weavings. A great inspirational guide for creating your next rug!

   

Navajo Rugs
The essential Guide
By Don Dedera

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This is a wonderful colorful book that is great as an inspirational guide or for the wonderful informati9on in it about the history, traditions of the Navajo weaver. It is filled with lots of nuggets about how to care for, and spot fake Navajo looking rugs or the real thing. 123 pgs soft cover.

   

Navajo Native Dyes
By Nonabahg Bryan, Navajo

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Ever wonder what native dyes and preparation processes the Navajo’s used in dyeing their wools. This little book will lead the way. It contains the Navajo and English names for the plants and processes. A great tool!

   

Navajo and Hopi Dyes

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This book covers both sets of dyeing processes, Navajo and Hopi. All of the instructions explain the process as well as giving the reader the Native and English words for the plants. This is a natural weaver/spinners answer to achieving those sought after colors only found in Native Navajo weavings! A great book!

   

Navajo Rug Designs
By Susan Lowell

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A look west series book that is chalked full on great designs to be used on your next project. But while first looks can be deceiving, this book is so much more! There is a secret that you will only find out by reading this book. But the pictures are great and inspirational! Enjoy either way you use the book

   

Dye Plants and Dyeing
By John & Margaret Cannon

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All who work with fibre crafts, as well as botanists, whether amateur or professional, will welcome this clear account of a wide range of plants from which natural dues can be obtained. John and Margaret Cannon, both professional botanists, have selected forty-eight plants from different parts of the world and describe the structure and cultivation of each, its history, as a dye source and the best method for its used based on their own experience.

   

Fine Art of Navajo Weaving
By Ray Manley

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This is a time honored book that looks at the fine art of Navajo Weaving. The collection and Text is by Steve Getzwiller and is filled with beautiful pictures of rugs that can server as either a primer or inspiration for your next rug. This is a great book for everyone.

   

Navajo Weaving Tradition 1650 to present
By Alice Kaufman and Christopher Selser

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The Definitive reference, The Navajo Weaving Tradition presents the stunning artistry and history of Navajo Weaving. Over 200 beautiful color plates and rare archival photos. An absolute must for the enthusiast!

   

Dine’
A History of the Navajos
By Peter Iverson

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This comprehensive narrative traces the history of the Navajos from their origins to the beginning of the twenty first century. Based on extensive archival research, traditional accounts, interviews, historic and contemporary photographs, and firsthand observations, it provides a detailed, up-to-date portrait of the Dine’ past and present. A must for your reference library.

   

Indian Jewelry Making
By Oscar T. Branson

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New updated spiral bound book that is THE reference book for Indian jewelry. Full color pages, lots of information on history and technical. A real reference book for all ages and all type of silver work.

   

Legends of the Hopi Indians: Spider Woman Stories
By G. M. Mullett

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“The adventures of Spider Woman and her twin grandsons and other characters are much more than exciting stories. They indicate the importance of traditions, social life, and customs among the Hopi. . . These abridged and expurgated accounts can be read by children and adults alike, not only for their cultural value, but also as fine literature.”
~ Arizona Highways

   

Spider Woman’s Web:
Traditional Native American Tales about Women’s power
By Susan Hazen-Hammond

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The ancient practice of storytelling has endured throughout the centuries, across many cultures and languages. In the Americans, the oral tradition has created one of the oldest surviving bodies of literature on earth- and Native American storytelling, in particular, stands out for its distinctive honoring of womanly power. Though the details may change over time and telling, the message is constant- women and the female forces of the universe, have the power to change the very course of the world. Compelling, and empowering, this collection of ancient wisdom is sure to inspire the invincible, transcendent spirit in us all.

   

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Women of the Old West

The Wyoming Lynching of Cattle Kate 1889
By George W Hufsmith

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This story is so controversial that for over 100 years it was a mistake to even ask what happened that hot July afternoon in 1889 when a gracious young woman and a innocent homesteader were hanged form a pine tree in the Sweetwater Valley. Cattle Kate (Ellen Watson) was she really what they say she was? Check it out. Soft cover

   

Petticoat Prisoners of Old WYOMING
By Larry K Brown

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Some of these petticoat prisoners may have been a threat to society: Eliza “Big Jack” Stewart shot a man in the neck at a dance; Anna Burce baked a poison into her fathers plum pie; Minnie Snyder and her husband killed a man in a shot out with neighbors. Many of these women’s crimes might draw our sympathy- like that of Stella Gatlin whose kleptomania didn’t mix with her work as postmistress or Anna Trout who abandoned her baby grandchild in a train depot or Annie groves who shot at, but missed, a man who had given her an infectious disease. These twenty three women, wearing frills and lace, and their best bonnets, became the guests at Gray Bar Hotel. Want to learn more?

   

Wild West Collection: Stalwart Women Vol 6
By Leo W. Banks

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Green and untried or rough and read, these stalwart women stubbornly stood steady against any onslaught and refused to back down or give in. Yes, they personified culture and home life in god-forsaken outbacks, but they could be tough without comment or ego. They baked pies for visitors and shot intruders planted gardens and dug out bullets, devotedly cared for the abandoned and vengefully pursued killers - never expecting any prize but survival.

   

Trailblazers 20 amazing western women
By Karen Surina Mulford

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From Sacagawea to Dorothea Lange to Sandra Day O’Connor these twenty remarkable women followed their dreams, challenged convention and created new opportunities for American Women- yesterday and today. Organized chronologically from 1805 to the present, this inspirational book includes women from a variety of racial, religious, professional, and class backgrounds. Esther Hobart Morris and Nellie Tayloe Ross from Wyoming are both included.

   

Women who charmed the west
By Anne Seagraves

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Legendary actresses of the past are brought front and center in this lively, entertaining book… From the Victorian era of the 1800’s through the turn-of-the-century, famous stars like Lillian Russell, Sarah Berhardt, Maude Adams and Lillie Langtry provided the glitz and glitter of yesterday’s stage. With descriptive text and elegant photographs, the author successfully re-opens the lives of these celebrated ladies of the theater, who not only entertained the audiences of the West they charmed them.

   

Soiled Doves Prostitution in the Early West
By Anne Seagraves

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Soiled doves tells of the grey world of prostitution and the women who participated in the oldest profession. Colorful, if not socially acceptable, these ladies of easy virtue were a definite part of the early West- Wearing ruffled petticoats and fancy bows, they were glamorous and plain, good and bad and many were as wild as the land they came to tame. Women like “Molly b’Dan”, “Mattie Silks”, and “Chicago Joe” blended into the fabric of the American Frontier with an easy familiarity. Others, such as “Sorrel Mike” escaped through suicide, Lottie Johl chose marriage and the Chinese slave girls lived a life with out hope. Rare photos, this strong book provides a touching insight into the lives of the ladies of the night.

   

Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey
By Lillian Schlissel

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The diaries, letters, and reminiscences of women who participated in this migration, Women’s diaries of the Westward Journey gives us primary source material on the lives of these women, who kept campfires burning with buffalo chips and dried weeds, gave birth to and cared for children along primitive and dangerous roads, drove teams of oxen, picked berries, milked cows and cooked meals in the middle of wilderness that was a far cry from the homes they had left back east. This is a wonderful look at just how far we have come, or have we? Check it out.

   

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