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“Engaging … compelling narrative”

Robert M Utley
One of the premier authors and
historians on the American West

“Best book I’ve read in years … a real page turner”

Don Rowlison, Site Currator
Cottonwood State Historic Site
Kansas Historical Society

“What a read!”

Susan Marchant, Director
Kansas Center for the Book

ISBN-10: 0870044559
ISBN-13: 978-0870044557

The Deadliest Woman in the West

Mother Nature on the Prairies and Plains 1800–1900

by Rod Beemer

THE GALVESTON HURRICANE OF 1900. The disastrous New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-12. A devastating tornado ripped through St. Louis, Missouri, killing more people than Custer lost at the Little Big Horn. Mighty thunderstorms. Pounding hail. Ravaging floods. Blazing lightning struck men dead and ignited roaring prairie fires. Some of the planet’s most intense weather events played out across the trans-Mississippi West’s prairies and plains. Here is the story of encounters with Mother Nature upon this stage during the nineteenth century. Rod Beemer’s detailed narrative of historic events provides interesting insight into the dangerous, destructive, and deadly obstacles these daring pioneers faced while traversing and settling the nation during its westward expansion.

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