American Cowboys. True Tales of the Wild West by Jeff Savage

By Jeff Savage

James McCauley stood watch over his herd of livestock within the nighttime darkness. typhoon clouds plastered the sky. abruptly, a clap of thunder stirred the livestock. apprehensive by means of the loud sound, the livestock have been off and working. Stampede! McCauley's horse received jittery, and took him in each course. McCauley used to be misplaced! The lifetime of a cowboy within the Wild West was once difficult. From branding livestock to livestock drives, a cowboy labored demanding. writer Jeff Savage takes a firsthand examine the lives of yank cowboys, from rounding up livestock to the tip of an extended force.

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The cattle jumped to their feet, and away they went. “Now I had more trouble than if I had let things alone,” James said when retelling the story some years later. After chasing the cattle for an hour, he managed to settle them down again. Then he climbed off his horse, lay down in the grass, and fell asleep. The next day he wandered for miles on his horse. Finally, through sheer luck, he found the other cattle drivers. Scandlous John had been found, too. Young James McCauley’s real troubles were yet to come.

After a long drive, cowboys wanted to get clean and find entertainment in the boomtowns. This saloon gave cowboys the opportunity for both. As much fun as cow towns were, most cowboys were eager to return to the ranches. There might not be much to do there in the winter months, but at least they didn’t have to worry about running out of money, starving, or getting shot in some barroom brawl. Cowboys Off-Season When the roundups and drives were over for another year, those lucky enough to get ranch jobs lived together in grungy bunkhouses at headquarters or at lonely camps on the outer fringes of the range.

It boasted the biggest dance halls and the wildest saloons ever seen. In 1884, the town even held a bullfight to celebrate the Fourth of July. There was so much rowdiness that residents demanded more law and order. Even Sheriff Bat Masterson and Deputy Marshal Wyatt Earp couldn’t keep gunfights from breaking out in places like the Long Branch Saloon. After a decade of wild cowboys parading through town, Dodge City ended up with another famous landmark—Boot Hill. Here dozens of victims of frontier violence are buried.

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