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The Life of Yellowstone Kelly

By Jerry Keenan



In the first full-length biography of Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly (1849–1928), Jerry Keenan provides a comprehensive look at this extraordinary man of the American West. After joining the army at the close of the Civil War and spending three years at outposts in Minnesota and Dakota, Kelly headed west to begin life as a frontiersman, explorer, and army scout and came to know the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone River valleys. In midlife, he explored Alaska, fought in the Philippines, and served as agent at the San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona. Later, he prospected in Nevada before finally retiring to the quiet life of a California orchardist.

Based on Kelly’s memoirs and personal correspondence, this book offers insight into many of the prominent figures he knew, including George Bird Grinnell, Col. Nelson A. Miles, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, and President Theodore Roosevelt.

Contributor Bios
Jerry Keenan is an independent writer/historian and the author of numerous articles and books, including The Great Sioux Uprising: Rebellion on the Plains, August–September, 1862, The Wagon Box Fight: An Episode of Red Cloud’s War, Encyclopedia of American Indian Wars, 1492–1890, and The Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. He resides in Longmont, Colorado.