A Vaquero of the Brush Country: The Life and Times of John D. Young

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byJohn D. Young, J. Frank Dobie

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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.

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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 Pl...

American folklorist, writer, and newspaper columnist J. Frank Dobie was born on a ranch in Live Oak County, Texas, on September 26, 1888. He graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas in 1910 and received his master's degree from Columbia University in New York City. He wrote numerous books depicting life in rural Texa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 8.23 × 5.42 × 0.9 inPublisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292787049

ISBN - 13:9780292787049

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PrefaceA Necessary ExplanationI. The Making of a VaqueroII. The Mossy HornsIII. For Their Hides and TallowIV. The RazorbacksV. The Bloody BorderVI. If Not Law--Then OrderVII. Up the Chisholm TrailVIII. Bringing in the StraysIX. Dodging Comanches and Hunting WaterX. Establishing a Ranch on the PlainsXI. From Hell to BreakfastXII. Billy the Kid InterpretedXIII. Many Trails XIV. When the Brush PoppedXV. Brush CountryXVI. The Big Steal and the Break-UpXVII. The BrasaderosXVIII. MustangsXIX. The Bandana and Other BelongingsXX. The Man with the Iron HandXXI. Trans-Pecos AppendicesIndex