Last Chance Canyon
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Last Chance Canyon

Stories of Bickel Camp

About the Book

Last Chance Canyon is a collection of stories gathered and experienced by William Elmore Gann. Gann's reporting documents a 30-year period in the El Paso Wilderness. These adventuresome accounts are centered around Bickel Camp, a gold mining site at the base of Black Mountain in the eastern California desert. 

About the Author

William Elmore Gann
William Elmore Gann

William Elmore Gann was a photography and journalism teacher for 36 years. He has teamed up with an ex student, Juan Carlos Parades, to produce the documentary film related to this book. 

About the Contributors

Charlie Hattendorf
Charlie Hattendorf

Last Chance Charlie

Charles Hattendorf is the president of the Friends of Last Chance Canyon.

Table of Contents

  • Bones of Panamint Dunes
  • The Man
  • The Place
  • The Teachings of Don Alex
  • Sunny Skies
  • Chasing Blue Scout
  • Outlaw John and the Camel Lady
  • Commando Lee
  • Bickel’s War
  • Bickel Basics
  • Yahtzee Nights
  • Burro Schmidt
  • Mountain Lady
  • Gold Miner’s Daughter
  • Bickel’s Cats
  • A Time Traveller’s Taste for Beef
  • Cadillac Cowboy
  • Rodeo Otto
  • Lonesome Drifter
  • Cowboy Poet
  • The Many Lives of John Bullock
  • Mojo Mark
  • The Star Gazer
  • The Hunters
  • The Bickel Camp Gang
  • Railroad Man
  • Female Warrior
  • The Prince and The Working Girl
  • Four Days on Black Mountain
  • The Lonely Hunter
  • Angel Light
  • Bickel’s Song
  • Smoking Jack The Piano Man
  • Bickel Boy
  • The Gold Miners
  • Danny “The Greek”
  • Seven Gram Larry O’Neil
  • Bonanza Gulch Caveman
  • Dirty Harry
  • Elder Care
  • Blacky’s Magic Feather
  • The Wives Club
  • The Cover Story
  • The Untied Thread
  • About the Author

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