Overview - Save for a very few, the true West Texas cowboy has ridden his last roundup. Gone are the dusty trail drive, the remote line camps, the fence riders, the open pasture brandings, and the chuck wagons. Fortunately, "Scotch Bill" had the foresight to record those stories for posterity. Read more...
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More About The Spurs by W. J. Elliot; Eric Swenson; Eric Swenson
Save for a very few, the true West Texas cowboy has ridden his last roundup. Gone are the dusty trail drive, the remote line camps, the fence riders, the open pasture brandings, and the chuck wagons. Fortunately, "Scotch Bill" had the foresight to record those stories for posterity. Without Elliot and those like him, much of the history of the settling of West Texas would have been lost. Elliot's subjects were varied-from the killing of the last buffalo to the end of the open range, from searing droughts to winter blizzards, from lush pastures to barren prairies, from good cow horses and good companions to bad deeds done by bad men. Perhaps the greatest contribution of Elliot's book is the numerous insightful profiles of cowboys and cattlemen. Elliot holds the cowboy and his lifestyle in the highest esteem, but he strips away the myth and writes forthrightly about that way of life. This is not a scholarly treatise, being thoroughly researched and meticulously documented. This is an eyewitness account by a man who lived the history and simply recorded the events as they unfolded during his lifetime. This volume is earthy, sometimes even crude, but it tells of life the way it really was on the West Texas range. For all who want to know about the life of the cowboy and the cattlemen, the day-to-day drudgery of ranch work, ranch cooking, cowboy customs, relations with "nesters," cowboy pranksters and recreation, and the satisfaction and exhilaration of sittin' on good horse flesh driving a herd of well-bred cattle to lush pastures-this is your book.
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- ISBN-13: 9781933337401
- ISBN-10: 1933337400
- Publisher: TX A&m-McWhiney Foundation
- Publish Date: September 2009
- Page Count: 294
- Reading Level: Ages 10-UP
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.81 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.13 pounds