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Gerlach: Boyhood Story from the Edge of the Black Rock Desert 1950 to 1952 by Richard Phillips Neely

Gerlach: Boyhood Story from the Edge of the Black Rock Desert 1950 to 1952

by Richard Phillips Neely

348 pages
Boyhood story about the hero who resides in ordinary people.

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About the Book
Gerlach is an everymanís tale about coming of age. It is the authorís recollections from Gerlach, Nevada, ďa rumpled, unmade bed of a town,Ē and the neighboring U.S. Gypsum mining town of Empire, in the early 1950s. While our country was captivated by the headlines of the Korean War, the McCarthy hearings, and the attempt to assassinate Harry Truman, Gerlach and Empire existed in an isolated world unto themselves. No phones, no newspapers, uncertain radio reception, and only one barely passable gravel-rutted road, 66 treacherous miles to the nearest highway.

Located 120 miles north of Reno, this colorful and unbridled town of the Wild West had five bars, a whorehouse, and a posted population of 150 peopleómany of them sober. Gerlach is a cinematic journey seen through the eyes of a 13-year old boy, about childhood buddies, fathers and sons, first loves, and first experiences. It is a collection of fittingly wild stories of an out-of-control schoolhouse, a summer spent working on a ranch, and life on the trail of a cattle drive.

It tells of small moments, a terrible secret, two great tragedies, and much more. Amidst the mischief, failure, and even redemption, Gerlach is ultimately a story of the hero who resides in ordinary people. Only Godís imagination could have created this place and these people.



About the Author
Richard Phillips Neely Richard Phillips Neely spent most of his formative years moving in and out of small, company-owned mining towns in the western states of California, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Nevada. He spent his high school years in mid-America in the small town of Crown Point, Indiana. He attended college in the southeast at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Later, he did post-graduate work at the Harvard Business School and American University.

Following college, he was hired by the Bell System, married, served as an officer in the U.S. Army, had three children, and spent a 38-year career in corporate America with AT&T.

He is retired and living in Fairfax, Virginia, where he pursues his interests in writing, fitness, yoga, and travel.



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