Cliff Caldwell is the author of a number of popular books on the American West covering subjects ranging from Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War to Texas Cattle Kings like John Chisum and... More > Robert Wylie. Cliff's most recent work, Texas Lawmen 1835-1899, chronicles
the deaths of over 860 Lone Star lawmen of the 1800s. Cliff has also written a number of articles over the years about a variety of old west personalities, places and events. Some have been published in journals and magazines while many have not. This book is a collection of popular articles from Cliff's inventory of work. Contained in this book you will find new information about various Lincoln County War participants, Texas lawmen, the Horrell
Higgins feud, mysterious Baby Head Texas, and much
much more. Lots of gripping tales, little known facts and fascinating stories!< Less
Historians and authors have chronicled the lives of dozens of cattle kings of the era. Unfortunately, the stories of other equally intrepid stockmen and pioneers like Robert Kelsey Wylie have gone... More > unrecorded.
Wylie cut his teeth as a cowman, at a time when cattle raising in Texas was a fresh new enterprise. When free grazers moved their range to central Texas, Wylie carved out a niche for himself along the Colorado River in what would later become Runnels County. He was a pioneer trail driver, captaining the first herds west to New Mexico. When rustlers threatened his livelihood along the Pecos River he stood side by side with John Chisum and fought the outlaws. Unlike his compatriots, when sheep ranching took hold in Texas in the late 1800s Wylie embraced the enterprise, and pioneered a large scale ranch near Van Horn in Cluberson County.
Wylie’s story is one of bravery, determination, vision and generosity. It is a story that needed to be told.< Less
The Texas Hill Country is rich with history. In recent years revisionist historians have only written about a select few aspects of the region, apparently preferring to overlook the fact that... More > outlaws, lawmen, Indians, horse soldiers and Spanish explorers crisscrossed the San Saba River and Menard County area for hundreds of years. True enough, the quaint shops and bistros, the music festivals, wildflowers, and the pleasing climate may be the attraction today but the area was home to Paleo-Indians 10,000 years ago. Spaniards trekked through the region in 1753, finding promise of gold and silver in the surrounding hills. Early Texas pioneers ultimately carved out a frontier settlement here, only to be menaced by hostile Comanche Indians, reluctant to release their hold on the region. Fort McKavett, the lonely outpost on the San Saba, played a vital part in the settlement of this area and in the rich military history of Texas. Join the author in rediscovering the fort, and Menard County.< Less