Cowboys and Campfires
Will Roger Medallion Award 2015
Texas: Cowboys and Campfires is a historical fiction about three boys who spend time during the summer on the Double A Ranch in Hood County, Texas. The cowboys on the ranch include the boys in their work, at their meals in the bunkhouse, and around the evening campfires where they tell stories about Texas history. The boys learn about David and Elizabeth Crockett, Lizzie Johnson, Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, Jesse Chisholm, John Simpson Chisum, Stephen F. Austin, and Sam Houston. They also learn about the historic Granbury Square, the King Ranch, the Dust Bowl, and more.
Quote from David Crockett in Texas: Cowboys and Campfires:
St. Augustine, Texas, Jan'y 9, 1836
I expect in all probability to settle on the Bodark or Choctaw Bayou of the Red River. That, I have no doubt, is the richest country in the world. Good land and plenty of timber, and the best springs and good mill streams. Good range, clear water, and ever appearance of good health, and game plenty. It is in the pass where the buffalo passes from the north to south and back twice a year, and bees and honey plenty.
David Crockett died 57 days later at the Alamo on March 6, 1836