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August 05 , 2009

Matt Draper: From Riverboat Gambler to Frontier Banker


Amusing and amazing tales that were a part of settling the west as trains and telegraph began replacing stagecoaches and Pony Express counterparts.The lead character is a former riverboat gambler turned banker, using a start-up fund of winnings and discovery of an abandoned Confederate gold cache at the end of the Civil War. Clashes with drunken cowboys aboard a train, staving off a stagecoach hold-up, a shootout with villanous holdovers from the bloodthirsty Quantrill's Raiders, saving a child from drowning, thwarting a bank robbery and working in a cattle drive threatened by a coalition of farmers are some of the ingredients of the rousing adventure.As the tumultuous years pass the story culminates with the disastrous 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

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