| At the onset of my writing, in compliance with the wishes of my lovely wife, Tee, I fully intended this to be an autobiography
- and for a short period of time that is just what it was. However, I soon became bored describing the humdrum happenings of my own life. At that same time, I was reading
Salado, a book given to me by my good friend, Doctor Dick Hawes. It was written by Virginia McConnell Simons and contained a fascinating account of the early history of Colorado’s South Park, and a number of the factual events recounted by Ms. Simmons stimulated my interest.
After I finished reading Bayou Salado, I resolved to change course somewhat and write a novel in which I combine some of my personal experiences in the 1930’s with several lesser-known historical events that span parts of three centuries of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas history. These I hoped to weave into a novel, the fabric of which is stitched together by a fabulously rich, but regrettably fictitious, bonanza --- hence the title, A Thread of Gold.
By writing it I hoped also to ignite in the reader's mind an avid interest in the remarkable early day history of this part of the American West as well as an appreciation of the hardships our forbearers endured with such great fortitude. The result of my effort is what you will read in this book. If you are interested after you finish reading it, you might enjoy reading the "Fact or Fiction" remarks following the epilogue in which I differentiate some of the facts in the story from fiction. Also included is a bibliography from which I gleaned a great deal of fascinating and invaluable information.
I sincerely hope that all those who read this novel will enjoy reading it even half as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
R. Reed Johnson
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