Finding a way to highlight 50 spurs and 50 badges in a book is quite a challenge. We had photos of each item and captions for some. Now we needed to find a way to turn these items into something that people would want to read and learn from. Together with the editor, we spent many hours scanning the Library of Congress, Census Records, Universities of Oklahoma and Texas Archives, and many other resources on the Internet to tell the story of the West, the Cowboy, the Lawmen, and other officials who wore the badge and craftsmen that made the spurs. Through a combination of historical photos, maps, biographies and stories, combined with photos of the 50 spurs and 50 badges we hope we were able to educate and entertain the reader.