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Lost Pony Tracks (Bison Book) Paperback – February 1, 1972

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  • Series: Bison Book
  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (February 1, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803257406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803257405
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was such a great little story... I thought Ross Santee might have been a relative of mine, but it turns out no... but I still really enjoyed reading about the REAL "Old West," which was so different than the glamorization we've all been fed since then. Cowboys were pretty low on the totem pole and on the ranch hand rungs back then, but they were an integral part of the functioning of the ranch.

Cows meant meat and meat to eat and people didn't starve if they had food. Not too many vegetarians back then! And people "knew the land" back then and knew the ways of the land... and it's great reading about it all these years later. And it really hasn't been that long: perhaps 100 years or less - since we had the railroads come through and everything changed.

Looking forward to reading more from Ross Santee. So glad Amazon is here and we can find so many out of print books now! What a blessing the internet has been.

Note: I also really enjoyed reading the real "lingo" of the cowboys. Many terms, phrases and expressions I didn't know about. Just fascinating! I believe someone has put together a little dictionary of these terms, that I might have found on the internet. Very helpful in all cases.
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Fortunately, I have a copy of "Lost Pony Tracks" in my personal library. Well, two; the second one, a replacement of the original, is in excellent condition; the "first", a small pocketbook version, is battered, well-worn; bears all the earmarks of an energetic cowgirl child having read it many times over, including a well-placed ketchup stain or two. The cover of that over-loved book still fascinates me - a silhouette of a cowboy on his horse, leg thrown over the pommel, a Saguaro cactus off to the left, and a flaming Southwest sunset backdrop behind them both. It's something not forgotten easily, and that photo-cover is etched in my mind and belongs to the story.

The book without the cover at all, stands at the top of it's kind. Ross Santee was a writer of extraordinary talent. As a self-described "tenderfoot" coming from the East, "Lost Pony Tracks" sprang from his personal encounters with the cowboys of the Arizona of long ago. It is a wonderful book; he captures the essence of everything; the horses, cattle, the "wrecks" with the pack horses; the unique individuals he meets during his stay with them, a self sufficient, tough "breed apart" of men - although us women are in short supply within the pages of his book. (lost woman tracks?) They made their own entertainment, their own religion. He gives us a glimpse into almost everything real of the life of the buckaroo.

One of the passages best remembered was toward the end of this remarkable story that you didn't want to end: "Why is it", he wrote, "when an old cowboy gets ready to take that long, one-way ride, he always starts talking about some old pet horse that's been dead for forty years?
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I picked up a copy of Lost Pony Tracks at the Arizona History Museum in front of UofA in Tucson.
They were having a book benefit sale for the Museum that day.
I had no idea who Ross Santee was and, normally am not interested in western cowboy stories.
But I just moved to Tucson from the California coast and wanted to get into the spirit of the Southwest.
I bought the book and, as I am a slow reader, who gets into the story, I had several nights of enjoyable reading while
following Ross Santee's experiences as a journalist covering the stories of riding with real cowboys
on cattle drives and "busting" mustangs.
During the time I lived in Tucson (2 years) I visited the popular tourist attraction, the home/studio/gallery
of Tucson's fascinating artist Ted DeGrazia, from back in the 40's and 50's as I remember. The site has several buildings
made in the style of the native Americans who originated much of the architectural flavor of the area, mud
adobe structures.
This an historic site for the artistic history of Tucson, and is a very special, creative space, where visitors are amazed by
the artist's inventiveness.
The place is well maintained and moderately sprawling with paths between his studio/gallery, a very fine and spiritual chapel,
and living space for visiting artists, which goes on still.
After several visits with friends that would visit from California, I saw a small scale model of a mud house, which no longer
existed on the property, and had, apparently, been constructed by DeGrazia for a friend who visited him in the past and is where
the friend stayed. This is a very complete model, showing the interior space, exterior native vegetation, furniture inside and
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June 1961. I was stationed at Fort Walters with D Btry 4th Msl Bn as a launch control operator. (Nike Msl)
One day as I was working in the LCT a box of books was brought in by the USO. I was told to pick one and send
the rest to the day room for the rest of the troops. None looked that great to me but I took one anyway. The book was
Lost Pony Tracks by Ross Santee. After reading it was passed along never to be seen again.
I was so impressed by Lost Pony Tracks that after all these years (53) I still remembered the title and author. What
a great book! If you want to know what life was REALLY like for a working cowboy around the turn oof the century
then this is a must read. I liked it more this time then when I loved it back in 1961.
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