As King of the Western, Elmer Kelton is the proud son of Texas where the San Angelo Area Foundation wishes to sponsor a major, life-size statue. If you wish to learn of the effort or make a contribution, please do.
The Foundation's online information begins as:
"San Angelo's own Elmer Kelton has published 47 novels and 13 non-fiction books in the Western genre. Three of his books have won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Western Writers of America have awarded him an unprecedented total of SEVEN spur awards! Kelton has been chosen by his peers of the Western Writers of America as the "Best Western Writer of all Time."
"In recognition of his outstanding contributions to literature, a committee of Elmer Kelton supporters is working toward the creation of a life size statue of him which will be placed inside the new Tom Green County Library when it is completed in 2010. This committee has chosen local artist Raul Ruiz from among 10 other artists."