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Heroes of the Santa Fe Trail: 1821-1900
by Randy D. Smith
ISBN: 978-1-932482-31-7

Heroes of the Santa Fe Trail is the product of decades of primary research by a writer who has lived all of his life in the shadow the Trail’s legacy.  This book tells the dramatic story of the men and women—Hispanic, Anglo, and Native American—who settled the West and provides insights not commonly found elsewhere.  From the Hispanic Jaramillo and Chavez families of the Rio Grande Valley to the legacy of Ham Bell, a nonviolent man who made more arrests than any Dodge City lawman, Heroes relates the violent, comic, and often tragic adventures of the pioneers of the early Santa Fe Trail.

BOSON BOOKS offers several novels by Randy Smith about the Old West. They are listed under Westerns on our Fiction page.

About the Author

Randy D. Smith is a professional grant, outdoor and historical writer. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in communication. He has over 300 articles published on hunting, conservation, reenactment, Old West history, outdoor activities and educational issues. For several years he was a columnist for Old West magazine. His column "Old West Gunsmith" dealt with historical firearms of the 19th century. He is a field editor for Blackpowder Hunting and was a contributing editor for Firearms Quarterly.

He is the National Public Relations Director for the American Federation of Old West Reenactors. He was the host/associate producer of the two-time Kansas Association of Broadcasters award-winning "High Plains Outdoors" for Smoky Hills Public Television. Smith has two nonfiction books currently in publication, The Black Powder Plainsman, A Beginners Guide to Muzzleloading and Reenactment, and Teaching Applied Communication, A Supplemental Curriculum Guide and Instructional Plan.

He serves as a consultant/coordinator for historic pageants and reenactment. He is a successful educational grant writer, raising over $8,000,000 in new grant funding since July, 1996 for the Dodge City community.