American Cowboys. True Tales of the Wild West by Jeff Savage

By Jeff Savage

James McCauley stood watch over his herd of livestock within the middle of the night darkness. hurricane clouds plastered the sky. without notice, a clap of thunder stirred the farm animals. worried by means of the loud sound, the farm animals have been off and working. Stampede! McCauley's horse obtained jittery, and took him in each course. McCauley used to be misplaced! The lifetime of a cowboy within the Wild West used to be difficult. From branding farm animals to farm animals drives, a cowboy labored difficult. writer Jeff Savage takes a firsthand examine the lives of yank cowboys, from rounding up livestock to the top of a protracted force.

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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. Old Blue One of the cattle always turned out to be a natural leader on the drive. He would walk in front of the herd, and the other cattle knew never to pass him. Most of the natural leaders were steers, and the most famous of these was Old Blue. It is widely agreed that Old Blue knew the trail from Texas to Dodge City better than the cowboys did.

The Chisholm Trail became the most famous trail of all. Image Credit: Enslow Publishers, Inc. This map shows the major trails that cowboys used for cattle drives as well as the railroad lines that were used to transport the cattle to the coasts. Roundup Before cattle could be driven north, much work had to be done. Riders had to be hired and cattle had to be rounded up and branded. The roundup was such a celebration that many townsfolk came to watch the first day. The roundup often took several weeks.

An outlaw gang had killed one cowboy from another drive and scattered his herd. Other trail bosses were holding their cattle back, hoping the danger would clear. But Daugherty told his riders to stay with the cattle while he rode ahead to Fort Scott. There, he made a deal to sell his herd. He then returned to his herd, and the group forged ahead. All at once, about twenty outlaws swooped down on them, shot one of the point riders dead, and stampeded the herd. Daugherty was tied to a tree and beaten.

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