|Here was the Wild West. Fort Griffin, established in 1867 at the insistence of settlers desperate for protection from the raiding Comanche, represented safety and security through the last Indian battles of the American West. Beyond the protective walls of this fort and others, situated along the same line, lay the indomitable Comancheria—and the lure of westward expansion.
Campfire Tales: True Stories from the Western Frontier, brings to life the drama, romance, history, and excitement of the Texas and western frontier. From poignant life vignettes of gritty settlers, anxious to carve out new dreams in spite of hostile Indian raids, to whiskey-guzzling gunslingers; from the daring exploits of trail-driving cowboys to the majesty of the free-roaming buffalo and longhorns; Campfire Tales ignites the reader's imagination. This collection of true tales, perfect for reading around the campfire on a starry summer night or gathered around a cozy fireside, is a must-have for any Americana or Texana aficionado.
Author LESTER GALBREATH, a park ranger, has been the manager of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd located at Fort Griffin for over 30 years. He is also co-author of Learning from Longhorns (Bright Sky Press) and is noted for his historical reenactments.