• Wyoming Range War

  • The Infamous Invasion of Johnson County
  • By: John W. Davis
  • Narrated by: Greg Walston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Wyoming Range War

By: John W. Davis
Narrated by: Greg Walston
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Wyoming attorney John W. Davis retells the story of the West's most notorious range war. Having delved more deeply than previous writers into land and census records, newspapers, and trial transcripts, Davis has produced an all-new interpretation. He looks at the conflict from the perspective of Johnson County residents - those whose home territory was invaded and many of whom the invaders targeted for murder - and finds that, contrary to the received explanation, these people were not thieves and rustlers but legitimate citizens.

The broad outlines of the conflict are familiar: some of Wyoming's biggest cattlemen, under the guise of eliminating livestock rustling on the open range, hire two dozen Texas cowboys and, with range detectives and prominent members of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, "invade" north-central Wyoming to clean out rustlers and other undesirables. While the invaders kill two suspected rustlers, citizens mobilize and eventually turn the tables, surrounding the intruders at a ranch where they intend to capture them by force. An appeal for help convinces President Benjamin Harrison to call out the army from nearby Fort McKinley, and after an all-night ride the soldiers arrive just in time to stave off the invaders' annihilation. Though taken prisoner, they later avoid prosecution.

The cattle barons' powers of persuasion in justifying their deeds have colored accounts of the war for more than a century. Wyoming Range War tells a compelling story that redraws the lines between heroes and villains.

The book is published by University of Oklahoma Press.

©2010 University of Oklahoma Press (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks
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"A pleasure read that you can't help but enjoy." ( Wyoming Lawyer)
"Likely to be the definitive history." (thefencepost.com)

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amazing historical accounts

very insitefull and brings out the truth i was hooked from beginning to end every wyomingnite should read or listen to this book

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Tough to listen to

A very tough lesson due to the terrible narration I found it more tolerable to run a speed at 1.25 instead of normal speed. The narrators mono tone and just drags on it’s as if Siri is reading a book to you overall I think cattlekingdom by Knowles is a better book that covers the same storyline and topics has more detailed information is easier to listen to

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good stuff

if you enjoy history of western settlement and/or true crime presented with an even keeled evidence backed approach you'll like it

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