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The Horse Whisperers From Anaconda

May 28, 2021

“Did you ever hear tell of Sweet Betsy from Pike,

Who crossed the wide mountains with her lover Ike,

Two yoke of cattle, a large yeller dog,

A tall Shanghai rooster, and a one-spotted hog.

The Allen family farm was frozen in time in a winter’s photograph. The blue hue and the imprint of a lens cracked by the bitter cold made it all but certain that life in Pike County was not, in fact, the things of promising songs. There was no Betsy and no Ike to be found among those who were perilously clinging to an uncertain existence in the winter of 1902. Missouri gets very cold and unforgiving in the winter, especially near the frozen banks of the Mississippi River. On the farm it was a quiet cold broken only by soft far away echoes of ice falling from barren trees. It was a place and time of rugged, determined people in the midst of a changing world. Everyone eagerly waited the changing of the seasons. Some even had to get back to their new homes in the west.”

So opens my novella, The Horse Whisperers from Anaconda. It is not a tale of elite industrial giants nor of politicians. It is a true story of some of the people who made America great long before doing so was a political slogan. It is a story of two brothers born in Pike County, Missouri who relocated to Anaconda, Montana and made large contributions to the building of the American West.

If you haven’t read this novella, please consider giving it a read. It is an honest look at what went into polishing America into the gem it is today. It is available exclusively on at this address:

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  1. I love that cover. That beast is beautiful. I have to check this out. It’s about horses!

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