The Stirrup Brand: A Western Story, 1st Edition

  • Series Name: Five Star First Edition Westerns Standing Order Plan
  • Peter Dawson University of Calgary
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  • ISBN-10: 1432827006
  • ISBN-13: 9781432827007
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .80 lbs ( .36 kgs)
  • 222 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 2013 | Published



After Fred Vance’s father died‚ his mother married Milt Hurd. When his mother died‚ the Stirrup Ranch was left to Fred but with the provision that Milt Hurd be supported.

Rather than stay on Stirrup‚ Vance left and sought his fortune in New Mexico Territory. After an absence of eight years‚ Vance returns to Lodgepole‚ Wyoming‚ summoned by Milt Hurd. Hurd wants Vance to sign a lease with Kirby‚ his father’s enemy and owner of the Box Ranch. Hurd has already agreed to the lease‚ but Fred decides not to do it. Kirby‚ now a U.S. Senator‚ has become a very powerful man and he will not accept Fred’s refusal.

When Hurd is suddenly murdered‚ Kirby swears out a warrant‚ accusing Fred of the crime. When Fred is jailed‚ Kirby informs him that the charge will stand‚ unless Fred agrees to lease Stirrup range to him. Fred escapes jail and becomes a fugitive.

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Author Bio

Peter Dawson

Peter Dawson was introduced to archaeology as an undergraduate by Dr. Richard “Scotty” MacNeish, who managed to lure him away from his original major (zoology). He has worked in the American Southwest, the provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba, and the territories of Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon. In addition to excavation, he has also conducted ethnoarchaeological fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic. This work focused on understanding the impact of Euro-Canadian architecture on Inuit families, and how current northern house designs might be improved to accommodate their distinctive lifestyles and cultural values. He is currently using computer modeling to study traditional Inuit architecture, and conducting archaeological research into the origins of the Caribou Inuit. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and has been the recipient of several prestigious teaching awards. Dr. Dawson has been a faculty member in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Calgary, Alberta, since 2001.