American West

The Southwestern Journals of Zebulon Pike, 1806-1807

Edited by Stephen HartArcher Hulbert

This valuable and long-out-of-print edition of Pike's Southwestern journals is being reissued on the bicentennial of the journey with a new Introduction by historian Mark L. Gardner.

Tombstone's Treasure

Silver Mines and Golden Saloons
By Sherry Monahan

The silver rush in Tombstone, Arizona, created one of the most sophisticated towns in the American West, complete with lavish saloons, gambling, ice cream parlors, and a swimming pool.

Storytelling in Yellowstone

Horse and Buggy Tour Guides
By Lee H. Whittlesey

Whittlesey shares tales of "the great Geyserland" as told by the earliest tour guides of America's first and most unique national park.

Between Breaths

A Teacher in the Alaskan Bush
By Sandra K. Mathews

The experiences of a young woman who was the first band instructor in a remote fishing village in 1950s Alaska.

Beyond the Missouri

The Story of the American West
By Richard W. Etulain

A narrative history of the many peoples and cultures of the American West from prehistory to the twenty-first century.

Ropes, Reins, and Rawhide

All About Rodeo
By Melody Groves

The workings, workers, and animals of the heartstopping world of rodeo.

Darkest Before Dawn

Sedition and Free Speech in the American West
By Clemens Work

Today's threats against freedom of speech echo the hysteria of World War I, when Americans went to prison for dissent. This cautionary tale focuses on events in Montana and the West that led to the suspension of this crucial right.

Finding the West

Explorations with Lewis and Clark
By James Ronda

Documents not only the stories that Lewis and Clark offered about their "road across the continent," but also the large and important stories by and about the Native peoples whose trails they followed and whose lands they described in their journals.

Gunsmoke and Saddle Leather

Firearms in the Nineteenth-Century American West
By Charles G. Worman

The many roles played by guns in the old West with personal accounts by many early settlers and hundreds of photos.

The San Diego World's Fairs and Southwestern Memory, 1880-1940

By Matthew Bokovoy

Bokovoy peels back the rhetoric of romance and reveals the legacies of the San Diego World's Fairs to reimagine the Indian and Hispanic Southwest.