The liveliest little gold camp in the Southwest: an introduction -- The Aguayos in Lincoln County : descendants of the Spanish and Mexican houses De Aguayo -- John An Nue, a.k.a. "John Chinaman": celestial extroardianaire -- James A. Alcock: fiesty little Irishman and manager of the Carrizozo Catte Ranch Company -- Susan McSween Barber: cattle queen of New Mexico -- James W. Bell: deputy sheriff shot dead by Billy the Kid during his escape from Lincoln -- Edwin R. Bonnell: builder of the Bonnell Opera House -- James Carlyle, alias Bermuda Carlisle: gunned down in the Greathouse-Kuch Ranch shootout -- The De Guevara, Lalone, and Lacey families: Mexico and Texas meet Canada in White Oaks -- Scotswoman Jane Malcolm Gallacher and her three sons: founders of the J + H Ranch -- Benjamin Gumm and sons: builders of the Gumm Houwe, the Hoyle House, and the White Oaks Schoolhouse -- John A. Halley: printer's ink flowed in his veins -- John Y. Hewitt: first citizen of White Oaks -- "Jolly Jerry" Hockradle: age cannot weary the prospector -- Emerson Hough: lawyer, conservationist, author of Heart's desire -- Matthew Watson "Watt" Hoyle: partner in teh Old Abe Mine and builder of Hoyle House -- William and John Hudgens: double trouble from Louisiana -- Andrew "Andy" Hudspeth: foremost legal mind in the Southwest -- David L. "Happy Jack" Jackson: a lesson in do-it-yourself integration -- Max H. Koch: photographer of note -- Dr. Alexander Gallatin Lane: from Confederate surgeon to White Oaks physician and pharmacist -- Judge Franklin Houston Lea: former Quantrill guerilla -- New England sea captain John Lee: around the world aboard the Yankee Clipper -- The Leslies: settlers fo Texas Park -- The enterprising Mayer brothers: Frederick, Paul, and Charles -- William Calhoun McDonald: first elected governor of New Mexico -- Charles Madison Merrill: a prospector's prospector -- Urbain Ozanne: a Frenchman with a nose for business -- Dr. Melvin G. Paden: legendary country doctor -- E. W. and Emmeline Parker: civilizers of a raucous mining camp and parents of a mining dynasty -- Colonel George Worth Prichard: New Mexico's Clarence Darrow -- The Queen families: mining their blood -- James B. Redman/Redmond, G.S. and J.S. Redman/Readman, S.J./W.J. Woodland: man of many names -- John Burchem Slack: from international diamond hoaxer to coffin builder and undertaker -- Levin Washington Stewart: merchantilist from Saint Louis -- Jones and Stanley Taliaferro: newspapermen, politicians, mercantilists, miners -- The legend of Madam Varnish -- William H. Weed: Santa Fe trail trader and White Oaks merchant, dreamer, and doer -- Samuel and Martha Frances Wells: not of the "White Oaks 400" and proud of it -- Marcus Whiteman: Russian Jew and founder of the Pioneer Store -- John E. Wilson and son-in-law John Wauchope: bit hard by the gold bug -- John V. "Old Jack" Winters: owner of the North Homestake Mine -- George Richard "Dick" Young: mercantilist from Mississippi and Klondike prospector -- Albert and Jacob Ziegler: German-Jewish merchants chasing the American dream -- Afterword.