True stories of murder and mayhem from the Old West.
Benson, Arizona was founded as a railroad town in the San Pedro Valley in 1880 when Geronimo still roamed the valley and terrorized settlers and travelers. Because Benson was a small town, it never received the notoriety of its neighbor Tombstone. But the images one conjures up of the Wild West—shootouts, saloons, hangings, fights—could be found in early Benson.
"The gang was invited to leave town before sundown and promised a necktie party in their honor if they didn't." (Benson Museum Oral Histories)
"... the few people who lived 'in town' found it prudent to stay in their houses at night if they did not wish to take the chance of stopping stray bullets." (Benson Museum Oral Histories)
The printed version is illustrated with numerous old photographs.
A compilation of the eight individual volumes under one cover. Volumes also sold separately.
After the Civil War, people began migrating westward. When the Southern Pacific Railroad completed the line connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco in 1876, it brought hordes of people to Southern California.
Spying the opportunity for new fortunes, speculators rushed to California. "They came here not to build the country, but to make money, honestly, if they could not make it any other way." (Robert Glass Cleland)
Relive the settling of the West by experiencing the beginning of a typical small town founded during the Land Boom of the 1880s.
The printed versions are illustrated with numerous old photographs.
Author listed as ML Tiernan
When a student pulled out his gun and laid it on his desk, the tiny one-room school found itself needing a new teacher. That brought Virginia Newcomb, who married Loron Rowley two years later. Together they helped develop the town, leaving behind a detailed account of pioneer life in a small village.