Written in 1930, Coronado's Children was one of J. Frank Dobie's first books, and the one that helped gain him national prominence as a folklorist. In it, he recounts the tales and legends of those hardy souls who searched for buried treasure in the Southwest following in the footsteps of that earlier gold seeker, the Spaniard Coronado.
"These people," Dobie writes in his introduction, "no matter what language they speak, are truly Coronado's inheritors.... l have called them Coronado's children. They follow Spanish trails, buffalo trails, cow trails, they dig where there are no trails; but oftener than they dig or prospect they just sit and tell stories of lost mines, of buried bullion by the jack load... "
This is the tale-spinning Dobie at his best, dealing with subjects as irresistible as ghost stories and haunted houses.
First image is from the original publication. Unkown what reprint the second image is from. Third image is from the University of Texas reprint in 1978
Other books by the author:
Apache Gold and Yaqui Silver
Ben Lilly Legend, The
Bob More: Man and Bird Man
I'll Tell You a Tale
Flavor of Texas, The
Legends of Texas Vol 1
Legends of Texas Vol 2
Mustangs and Cow Horses
Tales of Old Time Texas
Vaquero of the Brush Country, A