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Legends and Tales of the American West

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Legends and Tales of the American West by Richard Erdoes
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Sep 01, 1998 | 464 Pages
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Praise

“You’ll never find a better guide than Richard Erdoes to lead you through the mosaic of the American frontier.  The whole pack of our legendary past is crammed into this treasure box.
—Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Table Of Contents

It Ain’t Necessarily So  /  xiii
Foreword  /  xv
 
Chapter 1 — Ohio Fever  /  3
The Devil and Major Stobo  /  5
The Cheater Cheated  /  9
The Wild Hunt  /  12
Dreams  /  14
The Skeleton Hand  /  15
The Wild Hunter of the Juniata  /  23
The Consequences of Not Letting a Man Have His Drink  /  28
The Laughing Head  /  31
 
Chapter 2 — The Long Hunters  /  35
Tarzan Boone  /  37
Swallowing a Scalping Knife  /  42
That’s John’s Gun!  /  43
A Clever Runner  /  44
A Damn Good Jump  /  45
The Warrior Woman  /  49
The Corcondyle Head  /  51
 
Chapter 3 — Backwoodsmen  /  55
The Irrepressible Backwoodsman and Original Humorist   /  57
Grinning the Bark Off a Tree  /  60
Davy Crockett on the Stump  /  61
The Drinks Are on Me, Gentlemen  /  61
Gouging the Critter  /  62
Jim Bowie and His Big Knife  /  63
Won’t You Light, Stranger?  /  69
Ohio Poem  /  70
 
Chapter 4 — Ring-Tailed Roarers of the Western Waters  /  71
A Shooting Match  /  75
Did Such a Helliferocious Man Ever Live?  /  77
Like Father, Like Daughter  /  80
She Fought Her Weigh in She-B’ars  /  81
He Crowed and Flapped His Wings  /  83
A Fight Between Keelboatmen Averted  /  84
Stranger, Is This a Free Fight?  /  85
The Screaming Head  /  85
Stopping Drinking for Good  /  89
 
Chapter 5 — Mountain Men  /  91
Little Big Man  /  95
Kit Carson and the Grizzlies  /  100
Run for Your Life, White Man!  /  103
Old Solitaire  /  109
Pegleg Smith and Headless Harry  /  121
Mind the Time We Took Pawnee Topknots?  /  127
Lover Boy of the Prairies  /  128
Putrefactions  /  135
The Injin Killed Me Dead  /  137
Heaven According to Old Gabe  /  139
Damn Good Shootin’  /  141
Uncle Joe the Humorist  /  146
Ba’tiste’s Nightmare  /  147
Song of the Voyageur  /  150
 
Chapter 6 — Timber!  /  151
Paul Bunyan and His Little Blue Ox  /  153
Paul Bunyan Helps to Build a Railroad  /  157
Kidnapped by a Flea  /  162
Thunder Bay  /  167
 
Chapter 7 — Gold! Gold! Gold!  /  171
Tommy-Knockers  /  173
It Had a Light Where Its Heart Ought to Have Been  /  177
He Ate All the Democrats of Hinsdale County  /  180
A Golden-Haired Fellow  /  184
Treasures of Various Kinds  /  185
The Missing Chest  /  190
 
Chapter 8 — Git Along Little Dogies  /  195
The Saga of Pecos Bill  /  197
The Taming of Pecos Bill’s Gal Sue  /  203
Coyote Makes a Texas Cowboy  /  209
The Heart-Shaped Mark  /  212
The Skeleton Bride  /  215
Western Jack and the Cornstalk  /  217
Better Move That Drat Thing!  /  219
Being Afoot in Roswell  /  220
Outstunk the Skunk  /  220
 
Chapter 9 — They Died with Their Boots On  /  221
No-Head Joaquín and Three-Fingered Jack  /  225
The Headless Horseman of the Mother Lode  /  232
El Keed  /  235
El Chivato  /  241
He Rose from the Grave  /  244
A Whale of a Fellow with a Gun  /  248
The King of the Pistoleers  /  255
A Western Duel  /  263
The Nuptials of Dangerous Davis  /  264
Killing Off the James Boys  /  266
Theme and Variations  /  267
The Winchester Ghosts  /  272
 
Chapter 10 — Bucking the Tiger  /  277
A Hard Head  /  279
Indians Can Play Poker  /  281
Jim Bowie Takes a Hand  /  282
The Curly-Headed Little Boy  /  284
Shall We Have a Drop?  /  287
Colonel Tubbs Strikes It Rich  /  289
Good for Our Entire Assets  /  294
The One-Eyed Gambler  /  295
 
Chapter 11 — Lady Wildcats of the Plains  /  297
Born Before Her Time  /  299
How Old Calam Got Her Name  /  301
Calamity Jane Meets a Long-Lost Lover  /  305
 
Chapter 12 — The Man Who Never Was  /  309
Deadwood Dick  /  311
Deadwood Dick and the Grizzly  /  312
Deadwood Dick to the Rescue  /  315
 
Chapter 13 — An’ That’s My Roolin’  /  321
The Law West of the Pecos  /  323
Ah Ling’s Hommyside  /  325
Fining the Deceased  /  328
The Hanging of Carlos Robles  /  330
Roy Bean’s Pet Bear  /  332
Judge Barker, Old Zim, and the One-Eyed Mule  /  335
El Cuatro de Julio  /  337
A Drink’s Worth of Punishment  /  337
 
Chapter 14 — Sky Pilots  /  339
Preachin’ One Can Understand  /  341
The Parable of the Prodigal Son  /  345
Lissen to the Heavenly Poker Player!  /  347
Hear What the Great Herd Book Says!  /  349
A Funeral Oration  /  349
A Black Hills Sermon  /  350
 
Chapter 15 — Critters  /  353
The Valley of Headless Men  /  355
A loup-Garou, or a Windigo, or Maybe a Carcajou  /  359
The Call of the Wild  /  365
The Windigo  /  369
The Great White Stallion of the West  /  370
Until Judgment Day  /  373
El Diablo Negro  /  376
Snake Yarns  /  381
A Rolling Snake Gathers No Moss  /  383
The White Snakes  /  385
A Pair of Fine Boots  /  386
The Young Man Who Wanted to Be Snakebit  /  389
The Peg-Leg Cat  /  391
 
Chapter 16 — Mostly Lies  /  393
Somebody in My Bed  /  395
The Weather  /  397
It Gets Mighty Cold Around Here  /  398
Texican Liars  /  400
 
Chapter 17 — Miracles, Saints, and Witches  /  401
The Three Lost Daughters  /  403
The Two Witches  /  405
The Owl Witch  /  406
San Isidro and the Angel  /  407
A Riddle  /  409
The Many-Times-Killed Young Man  /  411
The Caveman of the Hermit Peaks  /  416
The Miracles of Chimayo  /  420
The Miraculous Staircase  /  424
The Hitchhiker  /  427
 
Source Notes  /  431
Bibliography  /  441

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