Here is a short story about a boy named Caleb Ebenezer Crouch. He is a witness to a shoot out in front of the hardware store his father William works at. While out by the river he and his friend find a scalped man in the weeds. Before he is 20 he heads to Montana to drive a wagon of gold ore back.
The young boy and his story have nothing to do with the trapper who found the chunk of gold. That happens in the book I am reading right now by Louis L'Amour. The boy Caleb is my Great Grandfather and I read about these events, and a lot more, in his autobiography. Westerns can be exciting but you own family history can be much more so.
Louis L'Amour is someone I read when I just want to get away to somewhere different. I just finished L'Amour's, The Empty Land. When that trapper found gold, the town of Confusion sprang up around it. In less than three several thousand men and some women came to the town. The story captured the wild untamed old west of mining towns and tough men.
The town was near today's Ely, Nevada. It was better than a movie. (Not as good as Caleb's story) L'Amour's writing is full of details and it is amazing how he captures the mood and surroundings.