Don Reeves, the curator of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City (a must visit), notes that "cattle drives were only a slice of cowboys' history." Yet the era of the great cattle
drives, which overlaps the conquest of the West, represents the mythological golden age of cowboys.
They mixed Texas longhorn cattle with imported English breeds and produced good meat for the great cattle
drives of the 1860s.
Then it was back to Canada and the great cattle
country of Alberta to study how beef is produced.
Once a crossroad of the two great cattle
droving trails, it's now just a testament to a way of life that has been replaced by the road trains.
The Great Cattle
Plague went on for five months, and nearly half a million farm animals were slaughtered.
In 1899, an entrepreneur named Gibson opened a small tack (saddle, bridle and general horse equipment) shop at what had been the terminus of the great cattle
drives a few years before: Wichita.
By the height of the great cattle
drives of the 1870s and '80s, the cowboys' rich vocabulary had been woven into rhyming story poems recited around the campfire.
Think again of the great cattle
market called Expo 2000, I mean Euro 2000.