Early in his life, Josh Bennett is faced with the horror of an abusive stepfather. The relentless beatings prompts his mother to sneak him away one night rather than live with the fear that one day... More > he might be killed.
The only real escape from a
dangerous situation comes by a gold miner who changes the boy’s last name and takes him west to Nevada and a new life at the Spur Mine.
Josh makes new friends in Nevada and his promise to a dying man and his eventual partnership in a gold mine presents the challenges of
raising a family and surviving in the mining business.
In this story, Duane L. Petersen
captures not only the flavor of the old west, but an intimate portrayal of personal relationships and the hard times that build character.< Less
Logan Mc Tier's destiny was sealed at the age of sixteen when he was influenced by a mountain man and an aged gunfighter. Logan became a feared gunman and then a territorial ranger bent on upholding... More > the law in a land plagued by the lawless.< Less
Ephriam Shay's patented, gear-driven steam locomotive wrote a chapter in the history of Valley and Adams Counties in Central Idaho by providing an efficient means of transporting logs from the... More > forests to the main line for transport to the sawmills. Read about the machines, the camps, the towns, and the people that left a lasting imprint on the culture of Idaho.< Less
Fourteen-year-old Dusty Wilson had never been farther than a day's ride from his father's horse ranch in west Texas. That is until a horse business transaction with a confederate army captain affords... More > Dusty the opportunity to travel a long way from home with his father and stepbrothers. The excitement of new places and new faces is soon replaced by sheer terror. Dusty's young life becomes a desperate battle for survival as the business arrangement goes bad, and what he knows has put his young life danger.< Less
Will James was raised on a dry land farm in Kansas and joined the cavalry at age eighteen. His dream was to see the west and fight Indians. Instead, he was sent east to fight in the Civil War.
After... More > fighting in nearly all of the major battles of the war, he
mustered out and headed back to his folk’s home in Kansas, older and much wiser than when he’d left.
What he found and didn’t find there sent him on a search, and implanted in him a desire to see the country he’d longed for as a younger man.
Adventure and opportunity awaits Will at nearly every turn in a road that leads to sorrow, disappointment and unwanted wealth.
Would Will settle down and build a fortune or cling to a life as the drifter he had become?< Less
Jesse Benson escaped the confines of a prison in
Yuma, Arizona, changed his name and lit out for
a seemingly safe sanctuary in Montana.
Even though finding success in the mining business and... More > building a new life among new friends, Jesse is unable to find fulfillment and peace in life until he faces his old nemesis—his past.
Should he leave his new and prosperous life to return to Yuma and subject himself to the mercy of the law that unjustly imprisoned him years earlier?< Less
Once the backbone of the central Idaho economy, logging evolved over the years from horse-drawn sleds and wagons to today's modern diesel trucks. While changes in equipment technology are making the... More > work easier and more efficient, politics are eroding the industry and reducing the opportunities for loggers to make a living.< Less
Bill Tuttle moved west, purchased property in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, and soon found success in the cattle ranching business. Fulfillment of his dream was hollow however with no one to... More > share it with. On a trip to the east, Bill found, married, and persuaded a wealthy young woman to join him on his ranch. Bill's world soon came apart when his wife just couldn't adapt to ranch life in the west. With their three children in tow, she caught a train and returned to the life she had once cherished. Lonesome once again and facing the loss of his ranch, Bill's life took yet another turn as he found longed-for companionship with a Mexican woman with two kids of her own. This relationship lead to a deadly encounter with one of her sons. What happened next was a test of endurance and fortitude as Bill faced the prospect of losing his ranch and once again becoming a lonely man.< Less
U.S. Marshall Wes Howland, feared by the territory's most notorious outlaws, and one of Judge Parker's most dependable lawmen, strikes out for the Oregon Territory and a new life and a break from a... More > violent past.< Less