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Side Trail
Scott Gese

Scott Gese

Bio. of Scott Gese

I was born East of the Dakota's and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon is where I currently hang my hat.

Over the years I've developed a skill for writing and outdoor photography. The two have come together in a somewhat symbiotic relationship as I pursue my interest in sharing what I know, the things I've seen and the places I've been. You can find my portfolio HERE>>

In 2007, seeing the need for an outlet which I and many other western authors could promote our work, I started a western short story website called Rope and Wire.

The site is still in existence and has seen steady growth since it first came online. With over fifty published authors contributing their work, the site has consistently been the number one western short story website on most major search engines and is currently enjoyed by western enthusiasts in over 160 countries around the world.

As a published author, my writing includes both fictional short stories and factual magazine articles with a couple of novels added to the mix.

In the past I've written western short stories under the pen name of Christopher Scott. I've since opted to no longer use a pen name.

I have two novels published by Black Horse Westerns titled "Bitter is the Dust" and "Guns and Dreamers" as well as several eBooks. You can find them on Amazon.

My Side Trail page contains a diversity of thoughts and topics that come to mind on any given day.

A few of these stories will open in my publication called Fictitious. They will open in a new window so it will be easy to return to this site.


American Civil War: Why?

Scott A. Gese

What were the events that led up to the American Civil war. Where did they happen and most importantly, why did they happen? Let's take a look. Read the full article HERE>>


Texas Was Once a Nation. How and Why Did it Become a State?

Scott A. Gese

The state of Texas was once a country, a sovereign nation known as the Republic of Texas. How did it come to be a state? Read the full article HERE>>


The Mighty Buffalo: Slaughtered to the Brink of Extinction

Scott A. Gese

“Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam…”

It's the opening line to a poem written in 1872 by an ear, nose and throat doctor named Brewster Higley. The poem later became the lyrics to a song titled “Home on the range.” It’s the official state song of Kansas and the unofficial anthem of the American West.

Here's the Irony.

In 1872, when the above words were first penned, this country was in the middle of a very brutal mass slaughter aimed at the very buffalo Higley wrote of.

Read the full story HERE>>


Bodie, California: Dead but not Forgotten

Scott A. Gese

This western town went from boom to bust as miners followed the gold trail. In a rare turn of events, Bodie was designated a Historic Landmark and is now preserved in a state of arrested decay. It started out simple enough. The way many western towns did in the 1800's. A gold strike, a few tents and a lot of high hopes. The Bodie mining camp was no different.

Read the full article HERE>>


Freedom and the Underground Railroad

Scott A. Gese

Until January 1st, 1863 the United States was a slave holding nation. But, where slavery exists, freedom persists. The underground railroad was a risky road to freedom for many slaves. Read the full article HERE>>


The American Flag: Shame and Glory

Scott A. Gese

The Flag of the United States of America is not only the most endearing and revered symbol of our country, it’s also one of the most recognizable symbols in the world. Read the full story HERE>>


Read more western (and other) short stories by Scott Gese in the <<Western Short Story>> <<Ranch Romance>> and <<Beyond the Western>>sections