Patrick Dearen's A cowboy of the Pecos PDF

By Patrick Dearen

ISBN-10: 1556225288

ISBN-13: 9781556225284

BY THE WINNER OF THE 2015 SPUR AWARD
In the overdue Eighties, the Pecos River zone of Texas and southern New Mexico used to be often called "the cowboy's paradise." And the cowboys who labored in and round the river have been often called "the such a lot professional cowboys within the world." A Cowboy of the Pecos vividly reveals tells the tale of the Pecos cowboy from the 1st Goodnight-Loving farm animals force to the Nineteen Twenties. those meticulously researched and enjoyable tales provide a glimpse right into a forgotten and but mythologized period. comprises archival images.

Along a lot of its Texas stretch this present day, the Pecos is barely a polluted trickle, squeezing via a jungle of salt cedars that choke banks sloughed and overlooked. the trendy motorist crossing it by means of bridge is likely to greet it with a yawn than with visceral emotion. yet have been he to learn the background buried deep in its banks, he may locate the sweat and blood of cowhands who knew this ghost because the such a lot ambitious and treacherous river within the West.

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46 Page 22 Encouraged in part by his drive, Texas cattlemen pushed numerous herds down the California Trail in 1854. In late April, Michael Erskine set out with 1,054 head, including work oxen. 49 Another two animals fell by the wayside before the herd reached the Pecos on June 14. " In later years, few Pecos drovers, especially those New Mexico-bound, would be able to make such a statement. Twelve days behind Erskine (who eventually reached California with 814 head)50 was the drove of John James, whose party included twenty-two-year-old James G.

10. L. B. "Bill" Eddins, taped interview with author, Kermit, 5 September 1989. Page 10 11. R. W. Landrum, "A Trip to the Pacific Coast," letter to editor dated 4 October 1886, San Angelo Standard, 16 October 1886, 1, col. 6. 12. J. Evetts Haley (hereinafter, Haley), Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 10th Printing, 1987), 134. 13. Dobie, Vaquero, 274. 14. The river's length, presumably including all bends, is from Delmar Hayter, "The Crookedest River in the World: A Social and Economic Development of the Pecos River Valley from 1878 to 1950," (dissertation, 1988), 11, Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

46 Page 22 Encouraged in part by his drive, Texas cattlemen pushed numerous herds down the California Trail in 1854. In late April, Michael Erskine set out with 1,054 head, including work oxen. 49 Another two animals fell by the wayside before the herd reached the Pecos on June 14. " In later years, few Pecos drovers, especially those New Mexico-bound, would be able to make such a statement. Twelve days behind Erskine (who eventually reached California with 814 head)50 was the drove of John James, whose party included twenty-two-year-old James G.

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