A Vaquero Of The Brush Country

A Vaquero Of The Brush Country


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This true story of the Texas brush range and the first cowboys, as thrilling as any tale of fiction, has become a classic in Western literature. It is the story of the land where cattle by tens of thousands were killed on the prairie and where the "Skinning War" was fought. It is the story of the Chisholm Trail up to Abilene and the Platte and of establishing a ranch on the free grass of the Texas Panhandle, of roping elk in Colorado, of trailing Billy the Kid in New Mexico, of the grim lands of the Pecos. And it is the story of John Young, old-time vaquero who was trail driver, hog chaser, sheriff, ranger, hunter of Mexican bandits, horse thief killer, prairie fire fighter, ranch manager, and other things—a man who was also something of a dreamer, a man of imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292787049
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/01/1998
Series: United States Local History Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 576,073
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

J. Frank Dobie was a folklorist and author of many books about Texas life and culture.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • A Necessary Explanation
  • I. The Making of a Vaquero
  • II. The Mossy Horns
  • III. For Their Hides and Tallow
  • IV. The Razorbacks
  • V. The Bloody Border
  • VI. If Not Law—Then Order
  • VII. Up the Chisholm Trail
  • VIII. Bringing in the Strays
  • IX. Dodging Comanches and Hunting Water
  • X. Establishing a Ranch on the Plains
  • XI. From Hell to Breakfast
  • XII. Billy the Kid Interpreted
  • XIII. Many Trails
  • XIV. When the Brush Popped
  • XV. Brush Country
  • XVI. The Big Steal and the Break-Up
  • XVII. The Brasaderos
  • XVIII. Mustangs
  • XIX. The Bandana and Other Belongings
  • XX. The Man with the Iron Hand
  • XXI. Trans-Pecos
  • Appendices
  • Index

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