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Product Details

  • Series: Texas Classics
  • Paperback: 1117 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; Reprinted edition edition (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292730764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292730762
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For 60 years, The Trail Drivers of Texas has been considered the most monumental single source on the old-time Texas trail drives north to Kansas and beyond. . . . Because of its vast volume of raw material, expressed in the words of those who lived the life and rode the long miles, students of cattle industry history regard it with high respect, even awe. (Elmer Kelton Dallas Morning News)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on January 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
This large book, in size (over a thousand pages) and in spirit, is a compilation of first-hand accounts of cowboys on the trail driving cattle. At annual Old Trail Drivers' conventions held in Texas during the nineteen-teens, vice-president George W. Saunders would try to "round up all of the old boys and girls and get their history in print so that the coming generations may read of the hardships and dangers they encountered and the splendid achievements of his comrades of the days gone by." Soon sketches and letters began trickling back until enough were gathered to publish them in a book. The book was a big success and a second volume was planned. Saunders bade out of editing the new volume and J. Marvin Hunter took over. Eventually both books were combined into one.

There are hundreds of sketches and accounts included here, all of them from the pens of the men who rode the range and the women who were right there with them. Their quality and length vary, of course, with some being only a paragraph or two long while others go on for many pages. Some have written what amounts to almost complete family histories, while others write of only a single incident.

With so many people writing reminiscences of basically the same experiences, certain commonalities are detected: the weather was on everyone's mind often, so was the coming of barbed-wire; nothing seemed harder than getting cattle to cross a river. Indians and the threat of Indians were everywhere; stampedes were a big concern. George W. Brock of Lockhart, TX, wrote a 7-page sketch with the fetching title "When Lightning Set the Grass on Fire," though this potentially exciting event is told in one sentence: "The lightning would strike the ground and set the grass on fire, then the rain would put it out." That's it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Broaddus on April 20, 2005
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Excellent. My father, 83 years old and a lifelong rancher in New Mexico, received a copy of this book from his sister for his birthday. He enjoyed it so much because of its true to life accounts of the trail driving days. Dad has been on some trail drives in the old days, and could relate to the writings in this book. I am reading this book now, and it is so fun ... true history, written by the men in their own styles ... some had little or no formal education, while others were highly educated. All are very interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyle J. Cherry on May 4, 2013
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This book is the most complete reference on the history of the Texas industry of driving cattle north to the markets and railroads. This is accomplished by first giving a short history of the formation of the Trial Drivers Association and using first hand accounts by the actual cowboys and cowgirls.. It also uses short written histories of other men and woman who could not be interviewed or did not submit a history. The pictures are great. We in our wildest notions of the cowboy life cannot Imagine the natural hazards of the drives, the attacks by Indians and rustlers, and crossing of rivers including the Mississippi River. There were a lot of cowboys buried on the trail killed in stampedes, drowned, and killed in gunfiights iin Dodge City and other towns on the route. One can see in this book the basis of many western movies and series, Lonesome Dove for one. If you are interested in cowboy history, there is no other book to compare with The Trail Drivers of Texas.
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I wish I had more time to read this book. I discovered this book in the public library system some years ago and never forgot it and now I have my own copy. It is catchy because it is written by people that actually experienced the hardships and realities of that trail-driving life back in that era of time. It is of actual hardships of life and the current generation of today should take note of this and learn from it to realize life back then was more difficult than our comforts of today.
This book is not long-winded and that is another factor that will catch the attention of readers as well.
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Perhaps not for every one,

The book is a series of personal narratives of many who drove cattle
to market in the good old days of the wild west i was interested in
one distant descendant.I found her but could not put the book down.

Only one cattle driver in my family. The rest were cattle rustlers and
one was a gun fighter.
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I am deep into an addiction of ancestor searching, and I recently discovered that I am kin to two brothers who were well known for their Texas trail drives.....Tom and Sam Johnson. So I purchased the book, and yes indeedie, they are in it. Sam went on to become Lyndon Johnson's Paternal Grandfather, but I choose to remember him for his association with cattle vs his contribution of a politician. This is a wonderful book to have for either research or reading pleasure. It is a virtual treasure chest of information into the lives and behind-the-scenes stories that the cattlemen lived.
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By Jim on December 11, 2013
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So interesting! I felt like I was sitting on the front porch, and watching history lived before my eyes. This is one to be re-read occasionally.
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By Sadona Sheets on November 7, 2013
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Interesting, for the most part..tho I've not finished it, and probably never will!! Please! Check out the number of pages before you order! I didn't....
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