The Timeless Quotations of
President Ronald Reagan
Outlaws and Gunslingers
Outlaws terrorized the west during the late 1800s. Some, such as Billy the Kid and Jesse James became folk heroes. The killer of Jesse James was vilified as a coward.
The fastest gun was not an outlaw. He was an FBI agent named “Jelly” Bryce. He could toss a coin in the air draw and shoot the coin before it reached his waist.
The Bawdy House Girls
Entertainment in the early cowtowns was more important than religion. To fill the western dance halls, girls who may never have consented to prostitution were over-powered by the allure of promised riches.
Those riches seldom materialized. The life of the prostitute was a dismal existence. Many became addicted to drugs and alcohol. Many took their own lives.
The Timeless Quotations of President Ronald Reagan
“In all of that time I won a nickname, 'The Great Communicator.' But I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference: It was the content. I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn't spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation.”
Frontier Doctors and Snake Oil Peddlers
Pity the family whose bottle of Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup should run dry. It was a standard treatment for fussy babies. It didn't just put babies to sleep, it knocked them out with a whopping dose of morphine.
Early medicine used bloodletting, purging and blistering to cure the sick. If the disease didn't kill the patient, the treatment did.
The Other Side of the Mountain
The Los Angeles water schemers literally stole the water from the Owens Valley. We tell it all here. There are other unusual stories as well, such as the 135-mile treacherous footrace from the lowest point in Death Valley to the portals of Mt. Whitney, all on a hot day in July.
The author tells about Mono Lake, the Bristlecone Pine Forest and other generally unheard of events.
Prospecting for Gold in California
Americans have been intrigued with the idea of finding gold deposits since the California Gold Rush in 1848. There's a thrill to finding that first nugget and an even greater thrill in finding larger and larger nuggets.
This books tells those wanting to try their hand at gold panning where the public access sites are located.
Little Known Tales in Hawaii History
Hawaii's tourist image is far from its frenetic and pagan past, when infanticide and Royal Incest were rampant. In early Hawaii, taboos were placed on the commoners by Royalty that would make the slavery in the south a pleasure.
Women were forbidden to eat with the men and certain foods were taboo for the women. The trip to Hawaii is not all unpleasant, however and we ask you to join us as we explore the Islands.
Little Known Tales in Nevada History
We guarantee you there is more to Nevada's history than sagebrush and casinos. Nevada gained its statehood because of its incredible wealth in gold and silver mines. Many mining towns are now ghost towns but still worth a visit.
The state's geology dates back to the stone age. There are also stories of train robberies, lynchings and Indian battles.
Cowboys, the End of the Trail
Every child wants to be a cowboy, and the author was no different. In his teens, he went to work as the only hand on a cattle ranch in the lower Salinas Valley of California. He loved the life but hated the pay. "He now characterizes cowboys as "hoboes on horseback".
Nevertheless, he thinks the period when cattle herds were driven from the Texas Panhandle to northern markets as one of the most significant in Western History.
Amazing Women in the Old West
It wasn't the men, but the women who settled the west. When the men who hurried west to become a part of the Gold Rush found they could not make their fortunes, most would have returned to the homes in the east. Not the women. "I'm not going to cross that desert again"
Women put down their roots, leaving the men no choice but to join them. Here are some of the remarkable women who settled the west.
Little Known Tales in California History
Author Alton Pryor has dug up some true but hard to believe tales that happened in early California. Consider his fascinating account on the Spanish galleon still lying on the bottom of what is now the Salton Sea. Then there are treasure hunters still seeking Pegleg Smith's lost gold mine.
Railroad titans ran the state's government, and camels were tested to carry the U.S. mail.
Odd and Unusual Tales from the Old West
Here the reader will learn the story of the "Seven Little Indians" who fell into the hands of Mountain Men after a battle with Indians. There is also the story of the "Headless Horseman" who brought terror in Texas. John Colter, a Mountain Man, was captured by Indians and forced to run six miles naked while to escape them. We also tell the reader about Quanah Parker, the Commanche Indian chief whose mother was a white woman.'
Little Known Tales in San Francisco History
San Francisco grew from a tiny burg of 1,000 persons in 1848 to its population of more than 800,000 today. After World War II, the city became a magnet for America's counter-culture. Hippies flocked to Haight-Ashbury in 1960.
The city's Chinatown is the oldest and largest in North America. Also, the city's famous cable cars carry riders up and down the steep inclines each day to Fisherman's Wharf, a popular tourist destination. The city has an interesting and raucous history going back to its Barbary Coast days.
Lawmen in the old west had to be smarter and tougher than the outlaws they faced. Some sheriffs were corrupt but most were diligent and accepted their duties to uphold and enforce the laws with a solemn oath.
The famous Earp brothers were no saints even though they wore badges. In this book Western Author Alton Pryor has brought together 29 of the most famous as well as infamous lawmen in the Old West.
Classic Tales in California History
Learn how women found gold in California a full year before James Marshall, whose find started the California Gold Rush. In this book, the reader will also find the fascinating story of Wheelbarrow Johnny, how the Pit River got its name and where California's last "dry" town is located.
Historic California, Its Colorful Names and How It Got Them
Give this book to the kids in the back seat when you're taking a trip. Have them look up each as you drive through it. This just might keep them quiet for a while and they'll learn something at the same time.
The author details how most of the cities in California acquired their names. It's a fun book for the entire family.
Reagan: "The best way to tell a man's character is the way he treats his horse."
Little Known Tales in Texas History
There is much about Texas that few people know. What is the oldest town in Texas? Who were the Horrell Brothers that feuded with "Pink" Higgins? There's the Jaybird-Woodpecker War and where is the "Enchanted Rock"? If that isn't enough, here you'll also learn about pirate Jean Lafitte.
Those Wild and Lusty Gold Camps
In one California gold camp, a man was hanged for horse stealing. It was found later that the man was actually innocent. The vigilante mob sent a messenger to break the news to the victim's widow. "We hanged Jim for stealing a horse, but come to find out, he didn't do it, so the jokes on us."
All gold camps weren't so callous. Many are now simply ghost towns but still worth a visit.
Publish It Yourself
You, too, can be a published author. It's really not as difficult as most writers conceive it to be. As is being proven today, the self-published book can sit on the shelf next to one from one of the major publishing houses and look just as professional.
Anyone can write and publish a book whether it is a family history or a historic novel. The author leads the self-publisher through the five easy steps to self-publishing.
Historic Tales from Old California
Thieves robbed wild birds' nest on Farallone Islands to feed the hungry gold miners in San Francisco when chicken eggs were scarce.
There's a vast cavern in Mt. Shasta that may hide gold or other riches. Readers will also learn about California's first governor, who wanted to ban colored men from residing in California and working in the gold rush. His term lasted less than one year.
Author Alton Pryor has dredgted these and other rich tales from California's rich history.