I loosely define the Old West as the legend and reality of 19th Century America west of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and anything and anybody associated with it, past and present. After all, the Old West is not really a time or place but a state of mind.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Jim Janke

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Includes the Old West posts from my Face- book site and a list of my Old West videos.

Includes the Civil War posts from my Face- book site and a list of my Civil War videos.

Nautical Tales and the Sea


   My Latest Novel:

Ah, Deadwood!
July 1876.
The Black Hills gold rush is exploding.

How did they get to the Hills? What was it like there? Who was there? What was placer mining like? What else could you do to try to get rich quick?

And the whole place was completely illegal. There was no law in Deadwood.

Since I live in South Dakota and have been to the Black Hills and Deadwood many times, it seems about time for me to have come up with a story about the place and the people.

Action, romance, the exciting and bustling life in a wide-open, gold-rush boomtown.

And confrontation, conflict, and violence!

Click on the cover for full details. Read the first chapter.


   My First Novel:
    Your first novel always has a special place in
     your heart: Jeremiah Bacon, Dell, 1980.
     Editor: Jim Frenkel

Available as an e-book. See below.

My Broken Wheel Ranch:

Home is 10.5 acres of an old farmstead on a gravel road in rural southeastern South Dakota. No buffalo roam here but the deer definitely play. And coyotes yip at each other. Campfires are not interrupted by city or highway noises. Just crickets chirping. And owls hooting. All under the canopy of a very black sky awash with a zillion stars.


My Latest YouTube Videos:

Where the Buffalo Roam
(North Unit, Theodore
Roosevelt National Park)

The capture of Fort Pulaski (Savannah, GA) in 1862 during the Civil War (10:38)

Firing the 30-pounder rifled Parrott cannon at Fort Pulaski, GA


A writer's delight!

Traveling all over the West to research places and people is a delightful part of writing Westerns. I'll regularly feature some sites and scenes I like.

Mesa Verde National Park
PO Box 8
Mesa Verde, CO 81330-0008

"Mesa Verde, Spanish for 'green table', offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States."

I am fascinated by these ancient people. How they lived, what they ate, how they dressed, how they spoke, how they thrived, their culture, their origins, their fate, etc. These people lived at Mesa Verde for 700 years. That would be about 35 generations. And probably little changed over those 700 years. One generation lived pretty much like the last one. Contrast that with our lives today. Think how the Internet has changed our lives in a single generation.

Colorado has many sites associated with these ancient people. I have visited many of them. Love 'em!

My photo of Spruce Tree House, 2011.


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