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In the 30 years she published the Cody Enterprise and ran her ranch, Lockhart mostly stopped writing fiction. During this time she produced just one book, “Old West and New” (1933), to mostly dismal reviews. Her best novels are the early ones that reflected her enthusiasm for her subject matter.

She died of old age in the Cody hospital in 1962. Born in the Gilded Age, she passed on in the age of the astronaut.

This larger-than-life Western woman deserved a good biography, and John Clayton has written one.

Bill Croke is a writer in Cody, Wyo.