A researched subject put into a book with monolog, reaction, expression, love and hate can make a wonderful read.
Some folks tell the Colonel that he must have lived back there in the old time because he puts himself right in the book.
He says, "If the folks get on a wagon and go on a trip, he hops on and writes all that the folks may encounter. They may have bad weather, mountain outlaws, wild animals and the ever present bad roads.
I challenge you to read just one of his books!