The round-up

Before the introduction of barbed wire in the late 1870’s and early 1880’s, ranchers would allow their steers to range freely, grazing as the mood took them and mingling with beasts from other ranches. While rustling – the act of actually taking another man’s cattle – was treated severely, there was a very relaxed attitude… Read More

Jobs on a cattle drive

Cattle drives generally speaking were tight ships with regard to the personnel involved. Ranches couldn’t spare more men than were necessary, but conversely too few men could be a disaster if any problems were encountered which they almost certainly would be. Trail Boss and Cook The different roles were well defined. Apart from the Trail… Read More