Western Life

The Cattle Trails of the Wild West

During 19th century America, the cattle drives in the west became essential to the livelihood of a large part of the population. In the peak of the era, over 20 million animals were transported from Texas to railheads in Kansas, to be shipped to Chicago and other places in the east. The drives would begin… Continue reading The Cattle Trails of the Wild West

Western Life

The Open Range

During the first half of the 19th century, the majority of cattle drives passed through the open range, which was unsettled land where the animals could roam freely. At first, the ranchers and farmers living in the area shared these fields willing. During the 1860s, however, many of them began fencing off their lands, using… Continue reading The Open Range