GOLD DUST AND GUNSMOKE: TALES OF GOLD RUSH OUTLAWS, GUNFIGHTERS, LAWMEN, & VIGILANTES
Author: John Boessenecker
Publisher: WILEY PUBLISHING, Sep 2000
A lively collection of true tales of villainry & violence during the California Gold Rush. 6x9 inches, 384 pgs.
Packed with never-before-told tales of the American frontier, Gold Dust & Gunsmoke sends us galloping through the tumultuous California territory of the mid-nineteenth century, where disputes were settled with six-shooters and the lines of justice were in perpetual flux. Armed with meticulous research, John Boessenecker displays a remarkable knack for finding the perfect details to capture all the color, excitement, and hullabaloo of the Gold Rush. Published in tandem with the 150th anniversary of California?s statehood, these authentic stories of gunfighters, lawmen, vigilantes, and barroom brawlers are an important contribution to the rich lore of the American West.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"Boessenecker has done as much as anyone to change and illuminate California?s Wild West image . . . if you would like a good read about how gold fever ignited a rush not only of families, but prostitutes, feuds, lynchings, duels, bare-knuckle prizefights, and vigilantes, then is this the place to start."
"A lively, thoughtful, well-researched book, and those interested in the rough, early years of the Mother Lode will not be disappointed."
?Ledger-Dispatch (Jackson, Ca)
"[Boessenecker] has done an amazing job of researching newspapers, legal documents, diaries, and other sources, as well as making skillful use of the recent research. . . . Excellent narrative . . . . Very well done, Gold Dust & Gunsmoke is a ?must.?"
"Boessenecker?s meticulous research and vivid prose make this excellent book a fascinating collection of true stories."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Boessenecker is a San Francisco attorney and historian. He is the author of Badge and Buckshot: Lawlessness in Old California and Lawman: The Life and Times of Harry Morse, 1835?1912, and he is coauthor of The Grey Fox: The True Story of Bill Miner, Last of the Old Time Bandits.