Kevin Carson is from a family that lived the history of the West. He counts lawmen, scoundrels, and abolitionists among his ancestors. His first book, The Long Journey of the Nez Perce, was a History Book Club selection, and he currently is writing a novel about World War I. Kevin lives in Idaho with his family.
As a young man, I had a job cleaning up tributaries and drainages above the Salmon River that had been fouled by years of mining. Beginning in the 1860s, miners left enormous piles of lead ore tailings when the easy gold ran out. Containers of mercury lay buried along stream banks. Continue reading →