Dust Devils

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Sunstone Press, 2007 - History - 284 pages
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Dayton Lummis has lived a unique American life--as museum director in a mountain ghost town 9,500 feet high, as caretaker of an abandoned ranch surrounded by endless desert, as an inveterate wanderer pulled through vast empty landscapes that most Americans have never heard of, and will never see. And always-always--on his journeys, he takes back roads. The characters Lummis has met and interacted with along the way form a vivid rogues' gallery of oddballs, misfits and losers, and he knows how to tell their stories. As a highly opinionated (his friends say grumpy) observer himself, Lummis gives trenchant insight into a region and a way of life that helped shape America, but now seems to be vanishing forever. Born in New York City, raised on Philadelphia's Main Line and educated in the Ivy League, Dayton Lummis was nevertheless drawn inexorably into the most remote regions of the American West, where he has lived and worked. It all started when his parents divorced, and his eccentric father left the East Coast for a primitive little ranch in a then-isolated section of the Malibu Mountains, half a century before the Hollywood stars got there. On his first trip out West as a teen-ager, Dayton Lummis came to love America's most desolate regions. Fifty years later, his ardor still burns hot. He divides his time between Santa Fe and Pennsylvania, but his wanderlust is insatiable, and he is always ready to hit the road again.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
9
WESTWARD
10
The First Time
14
El Rancho Piedra Gorda
15
The Road From Gila Bend
33
The Lake Tahoe Summer
45
Hells CanyonThe Deepest Gorge
55
A Night in the Big Sur
60
The Party in the Desert
148
Incident in the East Mojave
155
Shifting Seasons
161
Failure Writ Large Upon the Man
166
The End of the Rocking L
171
The Ghosts of Galeyville
178
THE LOST COUNTRY
187
Starting Points
188

Dr Avis and the Desert
65
A Tale of North Beach
82
THE HIGH COUNTRY
91
High Country Singing
92
The Museum at the End of the World
93
A Gun Pointed at My Head
101
Mr Jeffreys Secret
110
Jimmy Archie Rosie and Paul
116
The Pine Ridge Reservation
123
Showdown With Dorothy Mackin
129
How Cripple Creek Got Its Name 132
132
THE DRY COUNTRY
139
The Lonesome Triangle
140
The Ranch at the End of the World 141
141
The Trail Leads to Santa Fe
189
Spanish Gold and Silver
195
The Bootheel
199
New Mexicos Las Vegas
209
Life Goes On in Santa Fe
216
My Famous Relative
228
On the Road Again
233
Back East in Pennsylvania
241
Eastern OregonThe Last Refuge
249
You Cant Take It Seriously
257
When the West Leaves the West
264
Southwest Land of Contrast
268
A West No Longer Relevant?
274
Copyright

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