Famous for his western novels, Louis Dearborn L’Amour wrote 105 novels and is one of America’s most beloved authors. L’Amour was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. As a result of financial difficulties, the L’Amours headed south in the winter of 1923. Over the next decade, L’Amour and his family took on many jobs as they traveled the American West. They skinned cattle in west Texas, baled hay in the Pecos Valley of New Mexico, worked in the mines of Arizona, California and Nevada, and in the saw mills and lumber camps of the Pacific Northwest. L’Amour met a variety of people in these colorful places, upon whom he modeled the characters in his novels. Many of these real life characters are Old West personalities who had survived into the 1920s and 30s.