Deadwood Dick


Look at this cowboy who is the epitome of cool. That’s Nat Love, also known as Deadwood Dick. He drove cattle all over the place and then wrote a bestselling memoir about his adventures, which sure are probably a little embellished but that’s part of what makes them so dang cowboy. If you care to spend day 15 of black history month reading stories about storms, gunfights, famous outlaws, and trail camaraderie, you can find a free copy at

You can tell how good it is just by the title:

The Life and Adventures of Nat Love
Better Known in the Cattle Country as "Deadwood Dick"
by Himself;
a True History of Slavery Days,
Life on the Great Cattle Ranges and on the Plains
of the "Wild and Woolly" West, Based on Facts,
and Personal Experiences of the Author

Incidentally, he eventually got married, quit cowboying, and became a pullman porter and then a bank guard. Died in respectable old age. It’s kind of like if Butch and Sundance pulled off their retirement (and weren’t train robbers).