Western Life

Cattle Trails in 19th Century America

The Spaniards were the first set of people who drove cattle from one area to another, in the Americas. During the 19th century the scale on which this was done rapidly increased, as Americans began eating more beef than pork. The peak years of cattle driving were between 1866 and 1886, when over 20 million… Continue reading Cattle Trails in 19th Century America

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John Hughes

When mentioning the famous and legendary lawmen, John Reynolds Hughes ranks at the top of the list. Born on February 11, 1855, near Cambridge, John Hughes attended his school in the Henry County and in 1865 moved to Mound City, Kansas. His Early Days At the age of 14, John Hughes started to work on… Continue reading John Hughes

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Wild West Rodeos

Horses neighing, ropes and lassos, and cowboys clad in boots and hats! Boys with accents and loaded pistols, and their shirts tucked smartly in their jeans. Isn’t this the picture that immediately comes to mind with the mention of the Wild West? The Wild West only gets wilder once you get to know how interestingly… Continue reading Wild West Rodeos

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Vaqueros

Livestock herders in the Americas arose from a tradition based in Spain and Portugal, who brought their riding and herding skills with them when Mexico and California were colonized in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, many of the skills of the western ‘cowboy’ can be attributed to these early vaqueros and their mastery of… Continue reading Vaqueros