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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470153858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470153854
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Todd was born in Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas, on December 6, 1939. Because of his love for Old West history, he has often said he was born 100 years too late. While in the seventh grade his family moved him to Milwaukee. He also says you can move the boy out of the south, but you can’t move the south out of the boy. Three of his great grandfathers fought for the Southern cause and he is an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. After graduating from South Division High School in Milwaukee, he joined the Navy with his closest friend who was about to be drafted into the Army. His friend returned to civilian life after his first enlistment, and Tom served in Naval Aviation for twenty years. He married Nanci Jean Flier while in the Navy and they had four children, all born in San Diego. Tami, a nurse, still lives in San Diego with her daughter Katarina. Dena was born next, and this book is dedicated to her memory. Greg and Jeff followed the girls and continued a family tradition of military service. They both joined the Army and Jeff made it a career. Greg lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his wife Lisa. Greg has four children, Brandon, Graydon, Carli, and Emily. Jeff lives in Northeast, Maryland, with his wife Christine, who is also a retired Army Veteran. They have one son, Jeff, Jr. After his retirement, Tom used his GI Bill and earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. In his retirement, Tom married Judith J. (Meek) Spade. Judy is the mother of three sons. Bryan Spade and his newly wedded wife live in Scottsdale, Arizona. Andy Spade and his wife Kate live in New York City with their daughter, Beatrix. David Spade lives in California and has one daughter, Harper. After his retirement from the Navy, Tom worked for three different helicopter companies. He never changed desks, but the name of the company kept changing. Hughes Helicopter Company became McDonnell Douglas, which became Boeing, and Tom continued supplying foreign militaries with the world’s finest attack helicopter, the AH-64 Apache. After more than 20 years, he again retired. One of the highlights of his retirement was attending George W. Bush’s second inauguration. Tom and Judy moved to Show Low in the White Mountains of Arizona and for more than two years he has been providing monthly stories of historical Arizona characters to the local Maverick Magazine. The popularity of those articles, some of which are included herein, led to this book.

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A great edition to any bookshelf or coffee table.
Nancy
It is a book every individual interested in the old west must have in his library.
John Arthur
His extensive research and unique writing style makes this a one-of-a-kind book.
John

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on March 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Tombstone By Tombstone is a must read for Old West history buffs. Tom Todd makes extensive excursions throughout the western states where he explores every cemetery he comes across. His extensive research and unique writing style makes this a one-of-a-kind book. It deserves to be in the libraries of all western history fans.
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Living near a cemetery growing up in Missouri, I've always had a bit of a fascination about the folks and their bodies final resting place. When I found out that Tom Todd had written a book about some of the famous, not-so-famous and infamous folks from the Old West, their stories and their final resting places, I couldn't resist buying his book. I am so glad that I did, the stories are a great read and make me want to research them even further. I may have found a relative in Tom's book. Now, I'll have to do more research and see if I can find a connection between Dutch Henry Born and my family. Thanks Tom, looking forward to Volume 2 with baited breath!
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By Ted on June 7, 2012
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Old West history comes alive as Tom Todd takes us on a Tombstone by Tombstone trip through the old West. A masterpiece in depicting the characters and strength of those involved in the development of the culture of our Western States. You feel as if you were there and knew each of them personally from their actions, their looks and peculiarities. It wasn't easy living then and wasn't easy for Todd to visit the hundreds of cemeteries, search out hundreds of "Old Timers" and research old articles to give us this delight and glimpse of this bit of history.
Thanks Tom am anxious to see more.
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By gravehopper on July 6, 2012
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Tom Todd writes a very interesting book. He travels in his pickup to each cemetery, where ever it may be, and views the graves first hand. Sometimes he's lucky and finds the grave he's looking for right off and other times he will spend hours before he finds them. He does not sit at his desk and copy some on elses writing. This is a book that should be in every one's library if you are interested in the old West and the good people and the bad ones who made it great. This book deserves every one of the five stars and then some. I'm looking forward to the next one. Good work, Tom!
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A wonderful read that takes one throughout the west with the stories of individuals that made the WEST. Lawmen, robbers, soldiers, Indians and interesting characters (BIG NOSE KATE") are highlighted within this book. Visiting grave sites and talking with locals and super research makes the "Old West" come alive through those who lived and died throughout the west. The reader gets a feel for the "good, bad and ugly" as Todd summarizes their life stories. It is a book every individual interested in the old west must have in his library.
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By Nancy on June 23, 2012
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Tom Todd takes the reader back in time to Tombstone, Arizona at the forefront of the Old West. Cemeteries hold a good deal of fascination for many, especially history buffs like me and the calotype photographics are a bonus. This book doesn't disappoint, is an easy read and Todd spins a good yarn about each site and location. Truly fascinating, well researched and so looking forward to a second volume of tales. A great edition to any bookshelf or coffee table.
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