The Real Wild West
The 101 Ranch and the Creation of the American West
St. Martin's Griffin
Winner of the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma Book Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.
Founded in Oklahoma in 1893, the 101 Ranch created one of the most exciting and influential traveling rodeo shows ever to tour the country. Featuring countless cowboys and cowgirls, including such Western legends as Buffalo Bill, Geronimo, and Bill Picket, it was only a matter of time before it caught the glittering eye of Hollywood.
From the legendary cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail to the origins of the mass entertainment industry, Michael Wallis masterfully tells the enthralling history of not only the 101 ranch, but the last days of the American Frontier.
Spur Awards - Winner
Praise for The Real Wild West
“Wallis is the first writer to tie together the 101 Ranch's many stories.” —The New York Times Book Review
“It's hard to imagine a better fit between subject and author than Michael Wallis and the 101 Ranch. The book is a very good read.” —Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove
“For decades the story of the 101 Ranch and the Miller family has delighted young and old alike. Michael Wallis's book will serve as an outstanding and entertaining guide to an institution that has played a significant role in the history of our great country.” —Gene Autry
“There is no other writer who could have recreated the fun and games and drama of this extraordinary saga better than Michael Wallis. Every character and episode spring and hump and vibrate from page to page, happening to happening.” —Jim Lehrer