Download e-book for iPad: American Cowboys. True Tales of the Wild West by Jeff Savage

By Jeff Savage

James McCauley stood watch over his herd of farm animals within the nighttime darkness. typhoon clouds plastered the sky. all at once, a clap of thunder stirred the livestock. fearful through the loud sound, the livestock have been off and operating. 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 was once tricky. From branding farm animals to farm animals drives, a cowboy labored challenging. writer Jeff Savage takes a firsthand examine the lives of yank cowboys, from rounding up farm animals to the tip of an extended force.

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The cattle were exhausted, but their instinct was to run, and they stampeded five miles to the Pecos. Two hundred died in the rush to the water, and one hundred more were crushed in the river. Despite the losses, the drive made plenty of money. Half the remaining herd was sold at Fort Sumner, a reservation of Navajo and Apache in southern New Mexico. The other half was sold to a cattleman near Denver, Colorado. Goodnight packed his saddlebags with twelve thousand dollars in gold. The partnership ended less than a year later when Loving died of the wounds he received in a battle with a Comanche war party on the Pecos River.

Loving frowned at the dangers of Goodnight’s proposed route but liked the challenge. ”1 Charles Goodnight was resourceful. He had learned as a boy to locate water by watching swallows, to stop thirst by sucking a bullet, to stop hunger by chewing tobacco (the harmful effects of tobacco weren’t known at the time), to judge the freshness of a hoofprint by counting the insect tracks on it, as well as other tricks. The two men set out with eighteen riders and about two thousand cattle. They reached the Concho River without a problem, but the difficulty was yet to come.

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.

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