Jack, The Young Cowboy (Illustrated): An Eastern Boy's Experience On a Western Round-Up by George Bird Grinnell

Jack, The Young Cowboy (Illustrated): An Eastern Boy's Experience On a Western Round-Up

byGeorge Bird Grinnell

Kobo ebook | December 22, 2015

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From the Introduction: Jack's cowboy life began just as a great change was sweeping over the cattle range. Cattle had first been brought into the country only a few years before — old-fashioned long-horns driven up over the trail from Texas.

In those days the people in the West were not many. Towns were small, farms almost unknown, wagon roads few. Except about the pastures of the larger ranches, there were no fences. Over most of the land the cowboy roamed alone.

A little later, on the plains came a change from pioneer conditions to those approaching luxury.

The earlier cattlemen in the North — those who ranged their stock on the Platte and the various forks of the Loup River — made great profits. Yet as time went on they saw competition constantly growing sharper and ranges being overstocked. As the news of their profits drifted eastward many young men, allured by the romance of the cowboy's life, and ignorant of its actual conditions, came into the cattle country. These believed that success with cattle was to be attained by riding about and watching the cattle increase and grow, and shipping them to market when they had grown. They were glad to be interested in a business at once so agreeable and so profitable; and many a one exchanged his money for a herd, a brand and some log buildings, and rode over the range awaiting the advent of his riches. Many of the early cattlemen sold their herds to the newcomers, who, somewhat later, discovered that with the cattle they had bought also much experience.

These changes were in operation when Jack entered on his cowboy life.

This edition of the book contains the original four illustrations which have been rejuvenated, and six additional place- and time-relevant illustrations unique to this edition.

George Bird Grinnell (September 20, 1849 – April 11, 1938) was an American anthropologist, historian, naturalist, and writer. Grinnell was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in 1870 and a Ph.D. in 1880. Originally specializing in zoology, he became a prominent early conservationist and student of Native American life. Grinnell has been recognized for his influence on public opinion and work on legislation to preserve the American buffalo.

Grinnell’s books and publications reflect his lifelong study of the northern American plains and the Plains tribes. Along with J. A. Allen and William T. Hornaday, Grinnell was a historian of the buffalo and their relationship to Plains tribal culture. In When Buffalo Ran (1920), he describes hunting and working buffalo from a buffalo horse.

Grinell (1849-1938) wrote at least seven "Jack" books, and a large number of other western fiction and non-fiction works.

Title:Jack, The Young Cowboy (Illustrated): An Eastern Boy's Experience On a Western Round-UpFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 22, 2015Publisher:Steve GabanyLanguage:English

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