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 existence. The variety of instances he replaced his name—Clifford being only one of them—suggests that he frequently traveled simply steps prior to the legislations. in the course of the 1870s and Eighties his stressed spirit led him all around the Southwest, crossing the trails of the various era’s so much infamous characters, such a lot particularly Clay Allison and Billy the Kid.
More than simply an enjoyable and informative narrative of his Wild West adventures, Clifford’s memoir additionally paints an image of ways ranchers and usual folks lived, labored, and stayed alive in the course of these tumultuous years. Written in 1940 and edited and annotated via Frederick Nolan, Deep Trails within the previous West is without doubt one of 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 recuperate farm animals stolen by way of Billy the child and his compañeros—and within the procedure he bought to understand the child dangerously well.
In unveiling this paintings, Nolan faithfully preserves Clifford’s personal phrases, supplying invaluable annotation with no censoring both the author’s powerful 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 For all its roughness, Deep Trails within the outdated West is a wealthy source of frontier lore, customs, and manners, instructed by means of a guy who observed the outdated West at its wildest—and lived to inform the tale.
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Deep Trails in the Old West: A Frontier Memoir by Frank Clifford,Frederick Nolan