By Jeff Savage

ISBN-10: 146450475X

ISBN-13: 9781464504754

James McCauley stood watch over his herd of livestock within the middle of the night darkness. hurricane clouds plastered the sky. by surprise, a clap of thunder stirred the farm animals. nervous by means of the loud sound, the livestock have been off and working. Stampede! McCauley's horse received jittery, and took him in each path. McCauley used to be misplaced! The lifetime of a cowboy within the Wild West used to be tricky. From branding farm animals to livestock drives, a cowboy labored difficult. writer Jeff Savage takes a firsthand examine the lives of yank cowboys, from rounding up farm animals to the tip of a protracted force.

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Some cowboys would become so bored that they would memorize soup-can labels and recite soup ingredients to surprised visitors. Many cowboys would relieve their boredom by drinking or playing cards; but most ranches, like the famous XIT spread in western Texas, forbade alcohol and card playing, at least while cowboys were on the job. Those cowboys who didn’t get ranch jobs found work in town doing odd jobs like painting or digging ditches. Image Credit: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs When winter ended, cowboys were eager to get back to work.

More than 40 million buffalo once roamed this rangeland, feeding off the grasses. Most of the buffalo were slaughtered for their hides, leaving the grassland empty. It was the perfect place to raise cattle. The First American Cowboys Some of the first American cowboys were American Indians. Cattle were brought to the New World by Christopher Columbus, who placed them on the island of Santo Domingo in 1493. In 1521, hundreds of cattle were transported to mainland Mexico. More than one hundred sixty years later, cattle were driven north of the Rio Grande into what is now the United States.

They also set the herd’s pace. Swing riders and flank riders protected the sides of the herd. Drag riders followed the herd, chasing after strays that ran loose and guiding them back to the group. No one wanted to be a drag rider because they ate all the dust. The cook was often a person too old to ride a horse every day but who still wanted to go on the long drive. The cook drove the chuck wagon, which held all the food as well as bedrolls and supplies. ” because it meant the food was ready. After eating the same meat and beans for a month, though, the cowboy no longer considered the cook his best friend.

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