Patrick Curran, an award-winning industrial film maker for the Coca-Cola Company, earned master’s degrees in English literature and Organizational Design. After serving four years in the US Navy as an Explosive Ordnance Diver including one year as a Team Leader in Vietnam, Pat joined The Coca-Cola Company as an internal consultant working in the US and Northern Europe. After ten years with Coca-Cola, he became a partner with Keilty, Goldsmith and Boone (KGB) an organization change consultancy in La Jolla, CA. Ten years later, he launched his own firm, the Curran Consulting Group, and continued working internationally for ten more years.
Pat’s first book based on consulting in twenty-one countries was an organizational change textbook titled: COBRA: The X Factor in Strategy Execution. The COBRA framework has been implemented widely in the International Beverage Industry. After retiring, he wrote a second book, a Cold War novel on the hazards of uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau, titled: Acid Reign and the Rise of Eco-Outlaws. Both books are available on Amazon. His second historical novel entitled: Alta’s Curse, was published in 2016. Pat and his wife Joan purchased a home in Steamboat Spring in 2012. When in town, Pat is a regular at the Steamboat Writing Group.
Pat is currently writing an historical novel about Rico.
Jumping of the Hawk Lode
The true story of a Mine War in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
By 1880, America was still healing from the Civil War and consumed with western expansion. Settlers rushed west staking homesteads and mining claims, and driving off anyone that got in their way.
Though the General Mining Act of 1872 granted patents to legitimate claimants, it also created an unintended land rush for grasping speculators and claim jumpers. A properly staked claim on the snowcapped peaks of the San Juan’s could only be worked for several months in the summer; and as such, was a flashing green light for jumpers and high-graders. Big gold fever begot big bold greed. Human creature, ya see, are like that!
When Shag Carroll, a wounded Civil War veteran from Kentucky, and Joel Erhardt, an over-dressed Yankee from New York, lawfully staked and claimed the Hawk Lode in June of 1880, they never suspect they were in for a bloody, five year mine war.
As they work to resolve their differences and defend their claim, Shag is delighted to hear he’s the father of a son born to an old flame, Big Mama Louise, the Madam at the Pioneer Saloon in Rico. Though orphaned and abducted by Comanche’s as a girl in West Texas, she is forgiving enough to support the Ute Indians who are being driven off their land; and touchy enough to “wing” Shag in a domestic dispute. Shag, a cantankerous, gun slinging cowboy and drifter, is no match for Big Mama.
As Shag battles to regain the Hawk Lode and become a proper father to his son, Big Mama struggles between “good old fashion greed” and Presbyterian respectability.
They declare a ceasefire after several failed efforts and decide to be loving parents, if not loving partners. There seems to be no picket fences in their future, as they try to hold on to the Hawk Lode and patch up their broken lives.