— A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE OR DEATH — Jacob Harris sat in his cell waiting for an escort to the gallows. A door clanged open and shut. He squeezed his eyes shut and swallowed. The sound of urgent footsteps drew closer and stopped at his door. “Jacob.”
“The Last Sunset” is a short story about a prisoner awaiting an escort to the gallows, sentenced to hang for the killing of two […]
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— HORSE RUSTLER AND LEGEND — Hank Vaughn had a fast temper and a faster gun. While working at a family ranch in Canyon City, Oregon, in 1864, the teenager shot and wounded a miner in a dispute over partial payment on a horse.
The miner claimed the horse was stolen. Vaughn took offense and shot him in front of a witness. Vaugh was 15.
While out […]
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— WESTERNS WITH A TOUCH OF MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE — Ron Schwab grew up in a family of readers and developed an appreciation for the written word early in life.
“I loved Westerns from childhood,” he says. “I had read all of Zane Grey’s books by the time I finished eighth grade.”
Ron shared a story about his grandfather dying in his recliner with a […]
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America’s expansion to the Pacific Ocean was described by Theodore Roosevelt as, “The great leap Westward.”
Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad served as the lynchpin in America’s expansion strategy. By the time the War Between the States ended in 1865, more than 30,000 miles of railroad track stretched from coast-to-coast.
Two major events triggered this era of dramatic growth:
Passage of the Homestead Act in 1862, which provided 160-acre lots free to anyone who agreed […]
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