About the Author
William F. Martin was born on a Kentucky farm and moved west in the mid-sixties on an assignment with the federal government's program to help Native Americans. His assignment to Santa Fe, New Mexico, began a lifetime love affair with the American West. His writing interest was developed with the publishing of many technical journal articles and textbooks on environmental and engineering issues. He obtained a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas. After assignments in South Dakota, Arizona, and Texas, he has lived near the Gulf of Mexico on Treasure Island, Florida, and in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, North Carolina. Mr. Martin wishes to acknowledge the inspiration provided by Glenda Martin Blakeman, his school teacher sister, and her 30 years of service to her county's high school.