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Specializing in Texana/Western Americana and Elmer Kelton Books

We’re quite proud to have received the True West Magazine “Best of the West” Award for


A note of introduction from the proprietor, Felton Cochran: 

In 2019, my store was featured on Bob and Kelly Phillips' "Texas Country Reporter."  It is repeated from time to time on the RFD Channel.

If you're ever in San Angelo, please stop and visit. My hours are 10:00am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday. I accept major credit cards, and I’m happy to take your out-of-town checks with proper identification.

I've been a serious bookseller since 1995. (Before that, I was a serious book collector for many years.When you visit my shop, you will find an ever-changing inventory of Texana and Western Americana -- floor-to-ceiling, and wall-to-wall. I’m particularly proud of my Texas County and Regional History section which takes up over 70 linear feet of shelving! I also offer large selections devoted to Range and CattleTexas Rangers; lawmen and outlaws;  Frontier Military and Forts; The Texas Revolution and the Republic of Texas; Spanish Exploration and Influences in Texas; The Mexican Revolution; Westerner biographies. And there’s a sizable section of fiction by Texas and Southwest authors. And there's so much more…leather-bound classic literature, children's classics, etc.

CACTUS BOOK SHOP is located in the heart of San Angelo’s downtown historical district at 4 East Concho Avenue. You can call me at 325-659-3788, or contact me via e-mail at cactusbooks@suddenlinkmail.com . Or just come on by--I think you'll be glad you did.

If you can't get out this way, then you might want to sign up for my monthly Texana Catalog.  It's easy, and it's FREE! Scroll down this page for the catalog request form. Thank you!



ELMER KELTON: Essays & Memories

Edited by Judy Alter and James Ward Lee

A collection of articles about Kelton by folks who knew him well, including Judy Alter (publisher), Ricky Burke (pastor); Steve Kelton (Elmer’s son); Felton Cochran (friend and bookseller). In addition, several writers and teachers discuss Elmer’s extraordinary body of work: Ruth McAdams, Joyce Roach, James Ward Lee, and Bob J. Frye. It also contains an insightful essay by Kelton, “Elmer Kelton Speaks Out…On The History of the Western Novel.” And lastly, there’s “A Basic Bibliography of Books by Elmer Kelton” provided by Cochran. PRICE = $19.95 Softcover, 160 pp]

Announcing a special new edition of what has been Elmer Kelton’s most elusive book,


This new 2010 edition, limited to 190 copies, and bound in gold lined cloth, includes the original introduction by Al Lowman, two speeches by Kelton, plus a bonus of four never-before-published illustrations by Tom Lea which were not included in the original edition…………... $125.00 [Several years ago I purchased all the publisher's inventory, and only have a few copies left!]




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San Angelo, TX 76903
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