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 willie chalfant
Owens Valley Newspaper and Historical Pioneer

All the rough and ready, gold-crazy exuberance of the old West is captured in the stories penned by Walter Chalfant. The days when men, good and bad, were motivated only by the lust for nuggets and gold dust have been sympathetically yet humorously chronicled by W. A. Chalfant.

Fifty-five years as editor of the Inyo Register in Bishop, California, gave Bill Chalfant an excellent opportunity to collect pioneer lore. Word-of-mouth tales, notes, and letters deluged his office, and for years he wrote up the stories, running column after column of them in the Register. These same tales have been collected in three volumes: Outposts of Civilization, Tales of the Pioneers, and Gold, Guns & Ghost Towns. These books recount the choicest bits from each of them.

Chalfant's anecdotes are more than mere legends or tall tales, for, as Horace M. Albright says: "He was a born historian with the instincts of a careful research technician." People are his most important consideration - people like Mary McCann of Bodie who "asked no odds of anybody, and was mannish in pugnacity as well as in language," and people like Shorty Harris, desert rat and "single-blanket jackass prospector."

"Those who have a hankering for the tales of the early Argonauts who thronged west in search of gold will be delighted with the hardtack and salt pork authenticity of Bill Chalfant's stories."Chalfant


W. A. (Bill) Chalfant was born in Virginia City, Nevada, and lived all his life in the High Sierra. In 1885 his family moved to Bishop, where they started The Inyo Register, the newspaper of which Bill was editor for fifty-five years.

His life was full of action - editorial battles fought and won, civic leadership that is typical of a man who knows well whereof he speaks and writes. He remembered vividly the boom days of his Nevada boyhood and had an ever-ready ear for the stories of his father and his contemporaries. His flair for anecdote and his love of people, history, and the Sierra country made the Gold, Guns & Ghost Towns stories possible.

Up to the time of his death in 1943, Bill Chalfant was a lover of the outdoors. He was in touch with John Muir, the naturalists from universities, the Sierra Club, government agencies like the National Park and Forest services - all were his devoted friends.



 "Mammoth"[pdf]
excerpt from "Tales of the Pioneers" by Bill Chalfant




 Illustrations from Chalfant's book - "Tales of the Pioneers"

 snowshoe
The Snowshoer

 indian
The Indian

 law
The Law



 "Mile-High Mono Lake"[pdf]
excerpt from "Tales of the Pioneers" by Bill Chalfant



wagon train
The Wagon Train

Further Reading by W. A. Chalfant

Chalfant
Tales of the Pioneers (1942)
The Story of Inyo (1933)
Outposts of Civilization (1930)
Death Valley Facts (1927)
Gold, Guns and Ghost Towns (1911)
Making "out of print" and "hard to find" books easier to find.


 Featured Artist: Brad Braune

What can I say, other than I love Brad's work. His watercolors remind me much of Charlie Russel. Granted they are no where near the same; but, Brad has an aura about his paintings that seems to set him apart from much of the traditional work. I encourage you to drop by, pay his site a visit and enjoy the heart of the west he is capturing for all of us to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Brad Braune for allowing me to use his paintings as backgrounds on these W. A. Chalfant pages. You can see more of Brad's work by visiting him on the web at:
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Saline Valley Saltworks Tramway  

Carson & Colorado Railroad  

High Sierra Pack Stations  

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