A cowboy of the Pecos - download pdf or read online

By Patrick Dearen

ISBN-10: 1556225288

ISBN-13: 9781556225284

BY THE WINNER OF THE 2015 SPUR AWARD
In the past due Eighteen Eighties, the Pecos River area of Texas and southern New Mexico was once referred to as "the cowboy's paradise." And the cowboys who labored in and round the river have been often called "the such a lot specialist cowboys within the world." A Cowboy of the Pecos vividly reveals tells the tale of the Pecos cowboy from the 1st Goodnight-Loving livestock force to the Nineteen Twenties. those meticulously researched and pleasing tales supply a glimpse right into a forgotten and but mythologized period. contains archival photos.

Along a lot of its Texas stretch at the present time, the Pecos is simply a polluted trickle, squeezing via a jungle of salt cedars that choke banks sloughed and overlooked. the fashionable motorist crossing it by way of bridge is prone to greet it with a yawn than with visceral emotion. yet have been he to learn the heritage buried deep in its banks, he might locate the sweat and blood of cowhands who knew this ghost because the so much ambitious and treacherous river within the West.

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15. Hudson "Bud" Mayes, videotaped interview with author, 30 April 1991, Ozona. 16. Patterson, interview, 29 April 1991. Patterson cowboyed in the Pecos country in the 1920s and 1930s. 17. Otis D. Coggins, taped interview with author, Alpine, 3 March 1990. Coggins crossed the Rio Grande with herds in 1933 and 1934. 18. Taylor, Coming Empire, 297. 19. Jim Witt, taped telephone interview with author, Loving, New Mexico, 22 July 1995. 20. "Tom Green County," San Angelo Standard, 4 October 1884. 21.

Author) Rankin, who leased a forty-one-section ranch near Horsehead Crossing in 1928, had firsthand knowledge of just how unmanageable the banks were for an animal drifting downstream in the water. "The river wasn't fenced, and stray mares would get over on me," he related. "I've jumped them off in the river to [force] them back across. "11 Even if cowboys succeeded in turning a herd straight into a crossing, the animals didn't always take to water. "You have to swim 'em," said Bill Eddins, who frequently crossed herds not far below the New Mexico line Page 16 in the 1910s and 1920s.

By the latter 1850s, the Upper Road pushed upstream on the east side and crossed near the New Mexico line at newly opened Pope's Crossing, rather than at Horsehead. For a study of Horsehead Crossing, see Dearen, Crossing Rio Pecos, 4360; and Patrick Dearen, Castle Gap and the Pecos Frontier (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1988), 3561. 2. For a study of Emigrant Crossing, see Dearen, Crossing Rio Pecos, 3142. 3. For a study of Lancaster Crossing, see Dearen, Crossing Rio Pecos, 87107.

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