Mule Shoes to Santa Fe

by Jim L. Hickman



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/31/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9781489712707
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9781489712691
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9781489712684

About the Book

A Smoky Mountain family raises Morgan horses and mules for use by all “settling of the West” activities, including Santa Fe traders, pioneer settlers, soldiers, and miners.

The story starts in Tennessee in 1840, with three strong young men, cousins, starting West with horses and mules, immediately being victims of an attempted robbery, which leaves one robber dead and the boys with a reputation and part of an international dispute.

The story follows their escapades and increasing tough reputations to the Ohio River and as they travel by barge to the Santa Fe trail and on to Santa Fe, where they trade successfully, narrowly avoiding the Mexican army. They return, much wiser, to several surprises.

The story involves a number of women and some tragic happenings and some joyful occasions and a display of faith in God and humanity.

About the Author

Jim Hickman and his wife, Gemma, live in Clay, Alabama. Growing up during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, then WWII, Jim traveled with his family over much of the Ozarks, Kansas prairies, and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Wyoming. He attended High School at La Junta, CO, just a short distance from the Santa Fe Trail and Bent’s Fort, which he writes about. Jim served as a Commissioned Officer, USNR, on active duty during the Korean War. He started his career with the U.S. Forest Service as a Smokejumper, stationed at Missoula, Montana. His life of adventure included being an avid skier, pilot, white water racing, travel in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, Thailand, Scandinavia, NW Europe, E Europe and W Mediterranean. He retired from the Forest Service in 1993, with 40 years of government service, including military. He has been writing non-fiction short stories for 12 years, and has self-published one book of short stories.