After moving to Kansas when he was ten, Badger left home the following year and joined a Denver-bound freight outfit as a hunter. He returned after 6 months and went to school for a time. When he was 16 he worked in a quartermaster's office. He attended Bryant's Business College in St. Joseph, Missouri beginning in 1867 and began to contribute stories to periodicals. He then began a long relationship with the 'Dime' novels publisher, Beadle and Adams, cotinuing to write for them until their popularity wore off. In 1898, he published The Lost City, the book for which he is best remembered today. He ran a cigar store in Blue Rapids, Kansas until an accident caused him to give it up. He then invested in a billards hall, which he ran for a few years before the failing business and his failing health cause him to take his own life by shooting himself.
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The Lost City
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