“The Deadwood Trail” by Ralph Compton

Yee…hah! Five thousand plus head of cattle and two hundred horses bound from Virginia City to Deadwood.


The Deadwood Trail

Deadwood is a bonanza town for gold miners and the cattle drovers hope to get rich getting the cows to the hungry miners at boomtown prices before anyone else. The route is not for the faint hearted; passing through Sioux hunting grounds and crossing rivers like the Little Big Horn (that sounds familiar). Heading out at the beginning of March there is the snow to contend with, trying to find adequate graze for so many ruminants is quite a challenge. Graze for the cowboys is a challenge, too as the chuck wagon’s wheels frequently break or get stuck in the mud. Plenty of time to brew some more fresh coffee while the wheel is fixed and hope the sun will suck up some of the moisture. Horses and cows are easily spooked and a lot of the story has the cowboys searching their herds after a stampede with the help of a couple of Indians in their outfit.

The story is typical western fare with no big surprises in the plot. This is a book in a series about different trails and the text is often asterisked to refer to a previous books the characters appeared in.

My rating: 3 out of 5

About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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