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Introduction Part 1. Pioneer Memories 1. Cowboy Days with the Old Union Cattle Company 2. Tale of the Southern Trail 3. Life in a Line Camp 4. A Christmas in the Mountains 5. An Old-Time Christmas in Jackson Hole 6. Stories of a Round-up 7. The Last Great Buffalo Hunt of Washakie and His Band in the Big Horn Basin Country 8. A Stampede 9. Civil Strife 10. The Fleur-de-Lis Cocktail 11. Putting on the Style 12. American Class 13. Packer, the Man-Eater Part 2. The White Man's Tales Lost Mine Tales14. The Lost Treasure of the Haystacks 15. Lost Gold of the Big Horn Basin 16. The Lost Soldier Mine 17. The Lost DeSmet Treasure 18. Indian Joe's Gold 19. The Lost Sweetwater Mine 20. The Lost 600 Pounds Tall Tales and Humor21. The Coney 22. Bearing Down 23. Slovakian Rabbits 24. The Prolific Herds 25. Hunting on the Railroad 26. All Aboard! 27. The Fossil Bug 28. The Big Snake on Muddy Creek 29. Wyoming Fauna 30. The Capture of a Sea Serpent 31. Vanishing Elk 32. The Hard-Water Spring 33. "Dutch" Seipt's River 34. The Great Discovery 35. Love on the Yellowstone 36. The Dying Cowboy 37. Getting the Tenderfoot 38. Jerky Bill's Funeral Characters, Big and Little39. The Wake of the White Swede 40. Disappearing Johnny 41. The Lynching of Walters and Gorman 42. Jim Baker's Revenge 43. The Piano Tuner and His Hallet Canyon Hunch 44. The Man with the Celluloid Nose 45. Portugee's Ride 46. The White Rider 47. The Chicago Kid 48. A Woman's Wiles 49. The Legend of the Indian Princess Ah-ho-ap-pa Ghost Tales50. Ghost Lights on Old Morrisey Road 51. The Hoback River Ghost 52. The Phantom Scout 53. The Specter of Cheyenne Pass 54. The Laramie Ghost 55. The Ghost of Cross Anchor Ranch 56. The Ghost of Nightcap Bay 57. The Oakley Ghost 58. Mel Quick's Story Folk Etymologies59. The Hartville Rag 60. The Story of Whiskey Gap 61. The Legend of Crazy Woman Country 62. The Story of Rawhide Butte 63. The Legend of Fanny's Peak Part 3. Indian Folktales Creation Myths64. Arapaho (1) and Arapaho (2) 65. Shoshone Tales and Legends66. Axe Brown's Stories 67. Lone Bear's Story 68. The Ninam-bea, or "Little People" 69. The Mouthless People 70. A Shoshone Legend 71. The Fort Washakie Hot Spring 72. The Story of the Cottontail and the Sun Indian Legends of Jackson Hole73. The Sheep-eaters 74. The Happy Hunting Grounds 75. The Legend of Sheep Mountain 76. The Legend of "One-Eye" Indian Place Name Legends77. The Legend of Big Springs 78. Shoshone Version of the Legend of the Big Spring 79. The Legend of Wind River Canyon 80. The Legend of Chugwater Creek 81. Legends of Lake DeSmet 82. Lovers' Leap 83. The Legend of Bull Lake 84. The Great Medicine Wheel Medicine Wheel Legends85. The Legends of the Devil's Tower 86. A Kiowa Legend of the Devil's Tower Part 4. Folk Belief, Custom, and Speech Folk Belief87. Weather 88. Love 89. Good Luck 90. Bad Luck 91. Wishes 92. Medicines Cures from Other Wyoming Sources93. Physiognomy, Reading Character and Omens by Physical Features 94. Dream Interpretations 95. Miscellaneous Beliefs and Omens 96. Indian Beliefs Folk Speech97. Glossary of Terms, Nicknames, and Folk Speech 98. Cheap Thunder! An Example of Folk Speech in Action

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Collection of Wyoming's folklore produced by the Federal Writers Project

About the Author

James R. Dow is a professor emeritus of foreign languages and literatures at Iowa State University and is the author of German Folklore: A Handbook. Roger L. Welsch is a well-known folklorist and essayist and the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore and Cather's Kitchens: Foodways in Literature and Life, both available in Bison Books editions. Susan D. Dow's photographs have appeared in several of James Dow's books.


"Roger Welsch is probably the only man from CBS Sunday Morning who has milked a cow. This lends him credibility in the eyes of many of us and qualifies him to sort the wheat from the chaff of Wyoming folklore." Baxter Black, cowboy, poet, former large-animal veterinarian, and radio commentator

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