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Welcome to this digital version of Jack Weadock's Dust of the Desert: Plain Tales of the Desert and the Border. Dust of the Desert was originally published in 1936 by D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc. This digital version was created using optical character recognition scanning from a copy of the 1963 edition published by Arizona Silhouettes. Jack Van Ryder's original illustrations, reproduced in the 1963 version, were scanned and edited for inclusion in this Web version.

Jack Van Ryder desert drawing showing saguaros

The author, Jack Weadock, renewed copyright for the book in 1963. It appears here with the permission of Weadock's daughter Virginia Weadock Barleycorn.

Jack Weadock was born in 1925 and died in 1971. He served in the U. S. Army cavalry and worked for the Arizona Daily Star from 1923 to 1969. His original typescript and revision, printer's copy, and galley proofs are housed in the UA Library's Special Collections. Dust of the Desert is a collection of Weadock's weekly columns relating incidents of Arizona history. Read the biographical information on Jack Weadock printed on Dust of the Desert's dust jacket.

Dust of the Desert readers may navigate through this digital version using the menus above or by using the table of contents.