A Guide to the O.A. Gus Hansbrough Narrative, 1860-1920
Born in Abilene, Texas, during the 1870s, O.A. "Gus" Hansbrough was the son of Gus Hansbrough, Sr., an Indian agent for a Pottawatomie tribe and a "professional gambler," and Susan Emeline Scott, the daughter of a Presbyterian missionary. Raised in Rocky Ford, Colorado, Hansbrough worked as a gold miner in Cripple Creek, as a saloon bartender, as a farmer, and as an itinerant electrician in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
Consisting of a typescript entitled, "Gus You Ought to Write a Book," the O.A. "Gus" Hansbrough Narrative, 1860-1920, documents Hansbrough’s family history and experiences as a gold miner, saloon bartender, and electrician in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. The narrative describes his family’s encounters with Native American tribes on the frontier, as well as life in cattle-herding camps, gold mining towns such as Cripple Creek, and saloons in boomtowns throughout the Southwest.
This collection is open for research use.
O.A. "Gus" Hansbrough Narrative, 1860-1920, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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