Arizona native William D. Kalt III’s love of history sprang to life on his grandmother’s lap as she shared tales of growing up in the Territory’s rough and tumble mining towns prior to statehood. Imbued with a passion reserved for one’s true love and a burning desire to share stories of the pioneers, he set forth to capture the accounts of their bygone days.
The Friends of the Pima County Library named Kalt’s "Tucson Was a Railroad Town: the Days of Steam in the Big Burg on the Main Line" a Southwest Book of the Year for 2008. In addition, his 2006 story, Epes Randolph: Railroad Man of the Southwest won the James F. Elliot award for the Journal of Arizona History’s best article by a non-professional historian. The Arizona Authors Association selected his book "High in Desert Skies: Early Arizona Aviation" as a Finalist for the 2018 Book of the Year. The Tucson-Pima Historical Commission awarded him its prestigious Historic Preservation Award in 2016.