Western Fiction

History of the American Western Novel

A good story is one that can transport the reader to a different place, another time period or both. American Westerns were written to depict life and adventures in the ‘Wild West.’ The writers often based the novels on real people, exaggerating hardships and violence to make the story more interesting.  The desert landscapes where… Continue reading History of the American Western Novel

Western Life

The Code of The West and The All American Cowboy

Mention the Wild West and you get visions of Clint Eastwood in “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” or Gene Autry and Yul Brynner, and Charles Bronson in the “Magnificent Seven”. However, perhaps even more than that, it was Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane and other similarly colorful characters that became famous because… Continue reading The Code of The West and The All American Cowboy

Western Life

John Hughes

When mentioning the famous and legendary lawmen, John Reynolds Hughes ranks at the top of the list. Born on February 11, 1855, near Cambridge, John Hughes attended his school in the Henry County and in 1865 moved to Mound City, Kansas. His Early Days At the age of 14, John Hughes started to work on… Continue reading John Hughes