COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (PRWEB) June 15, 2017
Inspired by growing up in Idaho where he encountered relics of the past mining days, pioneer ranching and Native American traditions, Joseph Dorris wrote the novel “Salmon River Kid” (published by iUniverse), which tells the coming-of-age of Samuel Chambers who seeks a lost gold claim in the 1870s Idaho Territory wilderness.
“Not much is written on the central Idaho wilderness and the people who pioneered there,” Dorris says. “The richness in the times and historical anecdotes, the descriptive geography, and descriptions of how things were done, such as 1870s hardrock mining, all set the book apart. My pen and ink illustrations accurately depict the land and happenings.”
“Salmon River Kid” portrays the historic and geographic region where the Nez Perce War began and where mining and ranching once flourished. Samuel interacts with historic figures while trying to survive a brutal winter on the Salmon River at his placer mine. He meets the girl of his dreams when he takes a part-time job ranching at Slate Creek. When he returns to his hardrock mine at Warren’s camp, he finds it jumped by thieves. He resorts to packing and peddling supplies with his Chinese friend to make ends meet. Samuel’s story reveals the Chinese miners’ lives; the ways of the gold camps, including pack trains, saloons, and dancehalls; and it shares the ways of the Native Americans of the region. It shows life in an 1870s gold camp.
“Salmon River Kid”
By Joseph Dorris
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 404 pages | ISBN 9781532022906
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 404 pages | ISBN 9781532020926
E-Book | 404 pages | ISBN 9781532020933
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Joseph Dorris, born 1952, spent his youth gold panning, hunting, and exploring Idaho’s backcountry, where he came to know of the Sheepeater Indians, the Chinese miners and merchants, and the old-time mining camps. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, Dorris taught high school science and coached soccer. He then turned his hobby of prospecting into his current business of mining gems and mineral specimens. His wife, Susan, and three adult children all help with the business. They were recently featured on the Weather Channel’s television series “Prospectors” which was partially produced on his mining claims in Colorado. He now lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife, Susan. This is the third book in the “Idaho Sheepeater Indian” series, the first two being “Sheepeater: To Cry for a Vision” and “Sojourner of Warren’s Camp,” with another one forthcoming.
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