FROM OUT OF THE BADLANDS
“The Badlands” of South Dakota were slow in being settled by whites. The area was suited for grazing and was primarily the domain of cattle, sheep and wild horses. Because of its remoteness, cattle and horse thieves often used it as a hideout. It was not until the railroad entered the area in 1907 that folks started populating “The Badlands”, and the free reign of rustlers came to an end.
I like to visualize two men, more brothers than friends….who got into a bad situation, one of them ending up dead. In such a situation, there is no written code…..other than the one written in the hearts of men. The one who remains alive, is willing, at great risk to himself, to bring out the body of his friend. The backtrail looms ominous. Peril heightens the meaning of every shadow and movement.