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Encyclopedia > Stanley Vestal

Stanley Vestal (August 15, 1877 – December 25, 1957) was an American writer, poet and historian best known for his book Dodge City, Queen of the Cowtowns. The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... The poor poet A poet is a person who writes poetry. ... An historian is someone who writes history, a written accounting of the past. ...


Walter Stanley Vestal was born to Walter and Isabella “Daisy” Vestal near Severy, Kansas on August 15, 1877. Vestal’s father died when he was young. His mother remarried and Vestal took the name Walter S Campbell from his stepfather. About 1889, the Campbell family relocated from Kansas to the Oklahoma Territory. Severy is a city located in Greenwood County, Kansas. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Official language(s) none Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Area  Ranked 15th  - Total 82,277 sq mi (213,096 km²)  - Width 211 miles (340 km)  - Length 417 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... Oklahoma Territory was an organized territory of the United States from May 2, 1890 until November 16, 1907, when Oklahoma became the 46th state. ...

Vestal graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and was a Rhodes Scholar, earning a B.A. and a M.A. in English at Oxford. Southwestern Oklahoma State University is a public university in Weatherford, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Southwestern Oklahoma State also operates a branch campus in Sayre, Oklahoma. ... Rhodes House in Oxford Rhodes Scholarships were created by Cecil John Rhodes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Vestal became a professor at the University of Oklahoma after serving as a Captain in an Artillery regiment in World War I. University of Oklahoma, abbreviated OU, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma founded in 1890. ...

Between 1927 and his death from a heart attack on Christmas Day 1957, Vestal wrote over twenty books and as many as 100 articles about the old west. He is buried at the Custer National Cemetery in Bighorn County, Montana. Official language(s) English Capital Helena Largest city Billings Area  Ranked 4th  - Total 147,165 sq mi (381,156 km²)  - Width 255 miles (410 km)  - Length 630 miles (1,015 km)  - % water 1  - Latitude 44°26N to 49°N  - Longitude 104°2W to 116°2W Population  Ranked...

Partial Bibliography


  • Mountain Men, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1927
  • Kit Carson, the Happy Warrior of the West, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1928
  • Dobe Walls a Story of Kit Carson's Southwest, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1929
  • Sitting Bull-Champion of the Sioux-a Biography, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1932
  • *Revolt On The Border, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1938
  • Happy Hunting Grounds, Lyons and Carnahan, 1938, Chicago, IL
  • The Old Santa Fe Trail, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1939
  • King of the Fur Traders: The Deeds and Deviltry of Pierre Esprit Radisson, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1940
  • Big Foot Wallace, A Biography, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1942
  • Joe Meek, The Merry Mountain Man, Caxton, Caldwell, Caldwell, ID, 1952
  • Warpath and Council Fire: The Plains Indians' Struggle for Survival in War and in Diplomacy, 1851-1891, Random House, New York, 1948
  • Queen of Cowtowns: Dodge City,: "the wickedest little city in America," 1872 - 1886, Harper Brothers, New York, 1952
  • The Book Lover's Southwest: A guide to good reading, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1955
  • The Indian Tipi: Its History, Construction, and Use, (with Reginald Laubin & Gladys Laubin, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1957

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  • American Book Exchange
  • TIME Magazine, Jan 25, 1949



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