Those I've met who care for this history share a common love that borders reverence for the books about the era. Many locals, myself included, first caught the bug from John Graves', Goodbye to a River. The author says, "The stories are out there if you care to look for them." I took it on myself to make that search a little easier for the rest of you. Joseph Carroll McConnell's and Wilbarger's accounts both cover the bulk of the stories. I provide most of McConnell's in this site because his book is practically impossible to get your hands on. Wilbarger's is available above as are most of the rest of the books that I reference or partially include in this site. I would appreciate anyone interested in referenced books that are out of print to e-mail me. Where there is significant demand, I hope to provide new editions.
Above you will also find fictional works I believe enhance the understanding and the feel of that time. This is particularly true of McMurtry's Lonesome Dove and Comanche Moon; I can't imagine a better companion for a long drive through the Southern Plains than the audio book versions of these works.