Ghosts of the Old West, Volume 1

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Macmillan, Aug 5, 2008 - History - 208 pages
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Even today the American West remains a frontier of mystery and intrigue, filled with the spirits of trappers and traders, Native Americans and settlers. These spirits have been sighted while haunting the West's beautiful and rugged land. In Ghosts of the Old West, acclaimed Western author Earl Murray conveys these stories in a narration so eerie and so chilling we advise reading this with all the lights on in the safety of your home.

Saddle up, my friend, and take a ride into the unknown. Traveling through Murray's West, you'll encounter: a soldier at Fort Laramie, dead for almost two centuries, who still insists on silence during war-strategy meetings, and La Llarona, also known as the weeping woman, who roams the hills and valleys of the Spanish Southwest. You'll hear stories of the Little People with their hidden powers and the Snake People, who are feared by the Native Americans to this day. And many, many more. Come along my friend, but be wary--the night comes early out here, early and dark.

 

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Contents

Introduction
9
OLD FORTS AND BATTLEFIELDS
15
The Phantoms of Fort Laramie
17
Visions of Reno Crossing
25
The Hill at Hat Creek
39
The Blue Light Lady
45
OLD HOTELS AND MANSIONS
55
The Legacy of Winchester Mansion
57
La UoronaThe Weeping Woman
114
Night of the Iron Horse
122
The Cabin in Browns Park
129
The Wolf Girl of Texas
135
The Shadows in Scapponia Park
140
NATIVE AMERICAN SPIRITUALISM
145
The Mystery of the Little People
147
Secrets of the Desert
155

The Hot Springs Phantom
67
The Lost Trail Hotel
75
The Cries of Millie Pratt
84
The Ghost in the Sheridan Inn
93
The Gambler
100
OLD TRAILS AND GHOST TOWNS
105
The Mysteries of Old Garnet
107
The Face of the Wolf
162
The Snake People
171
The Face
178
Sacred Ground
186
Night of the Blizzard
191
Index
197
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Earl Murray once worked in botany and natural resource management. He is the author of thirty-five novels and nonfiction books that deal with the American West. His novel, Song of Wovoka, was a finalist for the 1992 Western Writers of America Spur Award for historical fiction. He lives with his wife, Victoria, in northern Colorado.