To Hell or the Pecos

To Hell or the Pecos

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By Patrick Dearen

Tom Rowden has been riding away from the Pecos for twenty years, plagued by the image of his wife, Sarah, the second before he killed her. Now, he is dead-set on returning to her unmarked grave at Horsehead Crossing to make final atonement. His journey is interrupted when a group of Mexican bandits burn down the 7L

Tom Rowden has been riding away from the Pecos for twenty years, plagued by the image of his wife, Sarah, the second before he killed her. Now, he is dead-set on returning to her unmarked grave at Horsehead Crossing to make final atonement. His journey is interrupted when a group of Mexican bandits burn down the 7L ranch house, kill the owner, and abduct a young woman, Liz Anne.Tom joins Jess Graham and three other men in an attempt to ride down the Mexicans and rescue Liz Anne, whom Jess loves. But the haunting memories and a 79-mile stretch of desert prove just as threatening as the b

Tom joins Jess Graham and three other men in an attempt to ride down the Mexicans and rescue Liz Anne, whom Jess loves. But the haunting memories and a 79-mile stretch of desert prove just as threatening as the bandidos they must overtake on the Pecos.

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From the Author

The 79-mile section of the Butterfield and Goodnight-Loving trail between the Middle Concho and Pecos rivers of Texas was the longest dry stretch of any major route in the nineteenth-century West. In researching To Hell or the Pecos, I traveled every mile of this desert. Twice, I hiked the old trail between Castle Gap and Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos. This on-the-ground study, coupled with my interviews with 76 men who cowboyed before 1932, allowed me a unique connection with the past. Furthermore, I drew upon three actual incidents of the nineteenth-century Pecos River country:

  • The 1867 siege of the Joel D. Hoy party at Horsehead Crossing
  • Tom Green’s abduction of a teenage girl from a North Concho River ranch in the 1880s and his flight to Horsehead Crossing
  • Two cowhands’ 1890 pursuit of Mexican bandits between the Middle Concho River and Castle Gap
Weight0.71875 lbs
Dimensions6 × 9 × 1 in
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