Flat Tires & Coffee Fires: Being Tales From The 7IL Ranch


Betty Pettit Papierski


Betty Pettit’s family lived in the East Mojave for about ten years in the period 1925-1934. They owned and operated the 7IL Ranch, near the Bonanza King Mine, Providence, and Mitchells Caverns. This book contains Betty’s reminiscences.

The author retells stories of the colorful miners, prospectors, cowboys, ranchers and railroad men. Heartfelt and humorous, the recollections tell of the family’s challenges and triumphs. So much of Western literature is by and about men. “Flat Tires & Coffee Fires” is significant in that it is by a woman and the emphasis is family life. The author has a remarkable ability to return to her childhood and express the experience through words.