© Author Adventures

The Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko (museumelko.org) features the work of cowboy writer and artist Will James in its Red and Mary Ellis Gallery. Elko has a population of around 20,000.

Most of this author’s books were written for young people in the 1920s and 1930s, and several were autobiographical. He won the Newbery Medal in 1927 for Smoky the Cow Horse (originally Smoky), published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. Other books by Will James include Lonesome Cowboy, Cowboy in the Making Cow Country, and All in the Day’s Riding.

To this day, early editions of Smoky that are in very good condition can be extremely valuable. Here is an example of one priced at $6,500.00 by a collector of rare books in California: Smoky

This is the last stop on our Nevada Author Adventures Trail!

Patricia Smart