The One-Legged Cowboy, John Herold
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John Herold

The One-Legged Cowboy

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The cowboys’ life was not glamorous. It was hard work every
day and into the evenings as well. The cowboy was paid one
to four dollars a month to herd the unruly and skittish longhorn
cattle, to rope the strays and brand them, and to be able to
drive the herds many, many miles to the railroads in Kansas for
shipment back East. The cowboy knew he could be crushed
under a stampede or even be hit by lightning on the open
plains. He was fortunate if he made it to a town once or twice
a year. It didn’t take a degree from a college, but a lot of guts
and doggedness to be a real cowboy. The cowboy was usually
a young man with little ties to home and a strong desire to
roam. He was extremely devoted to his partners on the range
and would die fighting for them. He wore the same clothes
every day and ate whatever the chuck wagon cook gave him.
He carried a bedroll tied behind the saddle and slept on the
ground regardless of the weather. He became as hard as nails
but had the graciousness to all whom he met. He was a real hero
of the Old West.
193 printed pages
Original publication
2019

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