Hispanic influence on the vocabulary of the Old West

The Hispanic legacy in ranching, cattle driving and the Old West in general is readily apparent in many of its words and terms. The word ranch is familiar to everyone these days as a word for a large stock-farm and herding establishment. This meaning only emerged in the early 1830’s and its origin, strangely, is… 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