Helena Huntington Smith wrote numerous books and articles about the West. In 1937, she recorded the memories of E.C. Abbott, an elderly cowpuncher who was one of the last survivors of the Great Trail Drives of the 1860s and 1870s. Known to cowmen across the West as "Teddy Blue," he came up the trail from Texas with long-horned cattle to stock the northern ranges, punched cows in Montana when there wasn't a fence in the territory, and married a daughter of pioneer stockman Granville Stuart. Smith published his memories in her 1976 cowboy classic, We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher.
Other books by Helen Huntington Smith include The War on Powder Ridge and A Bride Goes West.