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Unfiltered History

Our primary goal with these compilations is to draw readers into the amazing, real-life history of the American West by bringing transparent first-hand accounts of real people and families who lived in those times.

By reducing the number of ears between us and the people who saw history happen, we get a more accurate account of the lives of people, geography, towns and more.


Old Boston: Wild As They Come Front Book Cover

Old Boston: Wild As They Come

A nonfiction account of the short lived town of Boston, Colorado (1886-1889).

The Boston Town Company came to Colorado trying to catch the railroad and become the county seat of a new Colorado county, but a county seat fight and the inability to lure the railroad doomed the town and a wild gun battle put the final nail in the town’s coffin.

Boston was home to a wide range of personalities ranging from homesteaders, cowboys and outlaws including the Jennings Gang. Through the voice of frontier newspaperman, Sam Konkel, we have a first-person account of citizens and their attempt to live normal lives in the midst of one of the wildest towns on the 1880s frontier.

Buzztail: Rattlesnake Stories from the 1880s

Rattlesnakes have been a source of legend and nightmare. native to the Americas, rattlesnakes live in diverse habitats from southwestern Canada to central Argentina. However, the large majority of species live in the American Southwest and Mexico. Feared and often misunderstood this volume compiles stories legends and new reports of the rattlesnake in the 1880s

Letters from the Holy Land 1860 -1869

Letters from the Holy Land: 1860-1869

When people traveled in the 1800s, they often sent letters describing their travels back to their hometown newspapers. Sometimes it was individuals and sometimes correspondents who would go places and send back news describing those places. Christians since the time of Christ have traveled to the middle east to explore the areas in which the stories of the Bible took place.

The observations of these travelers were written in letters and sent to various newspapers that published the letters for their readers. For me, there has been no better way to learn history than to retrace the steps of those who traveled through the letters they wrote.

Through various letters published in newspapers or reports of the 1860s, we will take a first-person look at the middle east during the reign of the Turks or during the latter part of the Ottoman Empire. Through these letters written to the folks back home, we will look further at those traveling the Holy Land during the 1860s

When Colorado Was Kansas

News sent home of a new place “out west” was common as people were exploring the the Pike’s Peak gold region. Letters which they sent home included bits and pieces of the lives of former citizens ranging from reports of people traveling to engage in new vocations, marriage notices, deaths, and obits, murders, births, fights and shootings, legal notices, politics, prices for commodities and more. There was always some news being sent home of interesting happenings in the place to which someone had moved. For me, there has been no better way to retrace the steps of those who traveled west. Through these letters written to the folks back home, we will look further at Colorado when it was still Kansas Territory

Letters from Indian Territory: 1880-1889

These letters were sent from Indian Territory by those exploring the area 1880-1888.

The adventurous writers sent home bits and pieces of news about new vocations, deaths, murders, births, fights, shootings, politics, prices for commodities, and more. These land seekers, correspondents, cowboys, and other citizens writing these letters provide a great historical record of the settlement of Indian Territory and the American West in the decade of the 1880s.

Letters from the Oklahoma Land Run

Letters from the Oklahoma Land Run: 1889

These letters were sent from Indian Territory by those seeking land in the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.

The adventurous writers sent home bits and pieces of news about new vocations, deaths, murders, births, fights, shootings, politics, prices for commodities, and more. These land seekers, correspondents, cowboys, and other citizens writing these letters provide a great historical record of the settlement of Indian Territory and the American west during the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.

Letters from the Oklahoma Land Run: 1889

A nonfiction collection of letters sent “home” by those traveling west. This collection of letters was sent from Wyoming by those coming west. The adventurous writers sent home bits and pieces of news about marriages, new vocations, deaths, murders, births, fights, shootings, politics, prices for commodities, and more. These correspondents, cowboys, and other citizens writing these letters provide a great historical record of the settlement of Wyoming and the American West in the decade of the 1870s.

Cattle and Cowboys: Letters & More From The 1880s

A nonfiction collection of letters by and about the American Cowboy in the 1880s

The 1880s chapter of the American cowboy deserves preservation.  Having long been a popular figure in nonfiction, fiction, movies, and stories of the Old West what better way is there to preserve this American icon than to compile the very writings of the cowboys themselves along with their wives and others who came west to check out the stories they heard about. This book provides observations of roping, riding, branding, trailing, herding, roundups, and more from letters they wrote and sent to newspapers of the time. These letters are an important compilation of the history of those brave souls who came west and created the American icon we call the cowboy.

Letters from Colorado Small Cover

Cattle and Cowboys: Letters & More From The 1880s

A nonfiction collection of letters that were sent “home” by those traveling west.

This collection of letters was sent from Colorado by those coming west.  The adventurous writers sent home bits and pieces of news about marriages, new vocations, deaths, murders, births, fights, shootings, politics, prices for commodities, and more.

These correspondents, cowboys, and other citizens writing these letters provide a great historical record of the settlement of Colorado and the American West in the decade of the 1880s.

Letters from Wyoming Kent Brooks

Letters from Wyoming: 1880-1889

A nonfiction collection of letters that were sent “home” by those traveling west.

This collection of letters was sent from Wyoming by those coming west.  The adventurous writers sent home bits and pieces of news about marriages, new vocations, deaths, murders, births, fights, shootings, politics, prices for commodities, and more.

These correspondents, cowboys, and other citizens writing these letters provide a great historical record of the settlement of Wyoming and the American West in the decade of the 1880s.

Letters from Nebraska: 1880-1889

A nonfiction collection of letters that were sent “home” by those traveling west.

This collection of letters was sent from Nebraska by those coming west.  The adventurous writers sent home bits and pieces of news about marriages, new vocations, deaths, murders, births, fights, shootings, politics, prices for commodities, and more.

These correspondents, cowboys, and other citizens writing these letters provide a great historical record of the settlement of Nebraska and the American West in the decade of the 1880s.