Dragging Wyatt Earp

Dragging Wyatt Earp

A Personal History of Dodge City

Book - 2013
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In Dragging Wyatt Earp essayist Robert Rebein explores what it means to grow up in, leave, and ultimately return to the iconic Western town of Dodge City, Kansas. In chapters ranging from memoir to reportage to revisionist history, Rebein contrasts his hometown’s Old West heritage with a New West reality that includes salvage yards, beefpacking plants, and bored teenagers cruising up and down Wyatt Earp Boulevard.

Along the way, Rebein covers a vast expanse of place and time and revisits a number of Western myths, including those surrounding Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, the Cheyenne chief Black Kettle, George Armstrong Custer, and of course Wyatt Earp himself. Rebein rides a bronc in a rodeo, spends a day as a pen rider at a local feedlot, and attempts to “buck the tiger” at Dodge City’s new Boot Hill Casino and Resort.

Funny and incisive, Dragging Wyatt Earp is an exciting new entry in what is sometimes called the nonfiction of place. It is a must- read for anyone interested in Western history, contemporary memoir, or the collision of Old and New West on the High Plains of Kansas.

Baker & Taylor
Part memoir and part revisionist history, explores what it means to grow up, leave, and return to Dodge City, Kansas, and contrasts the town's classic Old West heritage with its jaded New West reality.

Book News
Rebein (creative writing, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) is part of a large family that has farmed and ranched in Dodge City, Kansas, for 80 years. In this bittersweet, place-based memoir, he explores legendary white, Native, and Hispanic figures of Old West Dodge City and looks at the struggles of ordinary people in the reality of the New West. He charts his journey to become a writer and his return to Dodge City after college, weaving facts about the city's history with reminiscences of cruising with his brothers on Wyatt Earp Boulevard. The book includes b&w personal photos. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Athens : Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780804011426
Branch Call Number: 978.176 R241d 2013
Characteristics: x, 225 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Personal history of Dodge City


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