The Old Prospector

Jerry Books, photo by Jessica Brandi LiflandA master reciter of classic verse, Jerry Brooks worked underground in the coal mines of Utah for 26 years before taking to the cowboy poetry stage. As the 23rd Annual Mining Expo comes to Elko, we honor friends and family who work in the mining industry with Brooksie's recitation of a lesser-known poem by legendary poet, Charles Badger Clark, titled "The Old Prospector."

Length: 5:10 ~ Listen or Podcast from iTunes.


This Podcast was drawn from the Western Folklife Center's archival audio material of the "Poets of Utah and Wyoming" session at the 2006 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Click here to visit the Elko Convention and Visitors Authority. The Mining Expo is held every June in Elko, Nevada.