Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory by James Cox
About the Work
After the Civil War, cowhands herded more than six million cattle out of Texas to northern markets. Running from South Texas to Abilene, Kansas, the Chisholm Trail was one of the great cattle drive routes. The topic of the cattle industry, one of the most important factors in the social and economic development of a large portion of the United States, generated a wide variety of printed material. One of the "big four" (the four most important books on the cattle industry), the "Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory" offers a comprehensive early range history, and is a cornerstone of any range library. Chapter headings include "Influences of Barb Wire and the Civil War on the Cattle Industry of the Southwest," "A Few Facts Concerning Texas Fever, Actual and Alleged," and, "The Cowboy, as He Was, and Is, and is Supposed to Have Been." Nearly 400 pages are devoted to biographies of individuals connected with the founding and growth of the cattle industry, including Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving and Samuel Burk Burnett.