You can download Priests and Prospectors at either Amazon or Smashwords, and in a few weeks it’ll be on iTunes, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other great eBook retailers.
Here’s the blurb on Amazon:
Montana in 1840 was a very quiet place. Indians roamed about largely as they wished and there were few white men around. The 1850s saw some increased activity, but things largely stayed the same. Then on a hot summer day in 1862 one man struck gold and everything changed.
Discover the journey that Montana took from a sleepy backwater of less than 700 people to a thriving territory of more than 20,000 residents. Montana changed a lot over those thirty years in the 19th century and you’ll be in on all the details.
Learn about Indians and the priests they sought; road builders and the hardships they endured; gold prospectors and the life they led; and politicians and the territory they created.
Like the first volume in this Montana history series, Tribes and Trappers, this second volume also takes a biographical approach. Montana’s history is told through the stories of the people who lived here, and from those stories we’re better able to understand how the state came to be what it is today.
Here’s what the Table of Contents looks like:
Part I – The 1840s
- The Flathead Indians Seek God
- Father Pierre-Jean De Smet Heeds the Call
- The Rocky Mountain Mission of Father De Smet
- Father De Smet’s Wagon Train West
- St. Mary’s Mission and the Start of Montana Settlement
- Father Pierre-Jean De Smet’s Last Years
Part II – The 1850s
- Fort Benton
- Montana’s Indian Tribes
- John Mullan Plans His Road
- Isaac Stevens, Washington Territory, and the Yakima War
- Building the Mullan Road
- John Mullan’s Long Road; Isaac Stevens’ Short
- Montana’s Early Settlements
- Montana Cattle Kings: Johnny Grant and Conrad Kohrs
Part III – The 1860s
- Francois Finlay and Montana’s First Gold Finds
- Bannack is Born
- Gold in Alder Gulch and the Virginia City Boomtown
- Henry Plummer and the Vigilantes
- Last Chance Gulch and Helena
- The Saga of John Bozeman
- Montana Territorial Politics
- Sydney Edgerton: Montana’s First Territorial Governor
- The First Legislature
- The Acting Governorship of Thomas Francis Meagher
- Nelson Story and the Texas-Montana Cattle Drive
- Green Clay Smith Arrives
- The Gold Rush and Montana’s Indians
- Picking Up the Pieces After Meagher
- A Quiet Close to a Tumultuous Decade
About the Author
Preview of Volume III
A Long Road to Publication
1 St. Mary’s Mission
- 1.1 Salish Indians
- 1.1.1 St. Louis Trip – 1831
- 18.104.22.168 Meet William Clark
- 1.1.2 St. Louis Trip – 1837
- 1.1.3 St. Louis Trip – 1841
- 22.214.171.124 Pierre-Jean Desmet
- 126.96.36.199.1 Moves to Stevensville
- 1.2 Fort Owen – 1850
2 Military Posts
- 2.1 Fort Benton – 1847 – Choteau
- 2.2 Fort Ellis – 1867 – Bozeman
- 2.3 Fort Shaw – 1867 – Great Falls
- 3.1 Bannack Gold Camp – May 26, 1863
- 3.1.1 Alder Gulch
- 3.2 Last Chance Gulch – October 30, 1864
4 Montana Territory
- 4.1 May 26, 1864
- 5.1 Johnny Grant – Late 1850s – Deerlodge
- 5.2 Nelson Story – 1866
- 5.2.1 First Texas Longhorns to the state
I made that simple outline on April 5, 2013, and I really didn’t think I’d be able to write a book off of it. I’d just published the first volume, Tribes and Trappers, and I didn’t much feel like starting in on a second volume, which is how I now feel at the prospect of a third.
Still, it had to be done, so I wrote it out. It took me another 6 weeks before I started in on that outline by beginning the first few chapters on the 1840s. By June I had the first section done and was well into the 1850s. I moved from China to America at that point and didn’t get back on the book until mid-July. For the next 2 months I tackled Montana in the 1860s, a period with a lot of information on some things, but not too much on others.
When I had my basic manuscript I went to the Montana Historical Society and got a lot of photos, which you’ll find in the book. There are more than 90 photos in the book, some of them of great quality, others not so much. We’re dealing with a period and a place that didn’t always have cameras, after all.
Finishing the Book
So if you’re interested in some of the Montana articles you’ve been reading on this site, check out this eBook. It’s now available on Amazon and Smashwords. You’ll love it!