The Trail Drivers of Texas, 1st Edition

  • J. Marvin Hunter
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  • ISBN-10: 0292793170
  • ISBN-13: 9780292793170
  • DDC: 976.4061
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1100 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 1993 | Published/Released March 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 1993

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These are the chronicles of the trail drivers of Texas—those rugged men and, sometimes, women who drove cattle and horses up the trails from Texas to northern markets in the late 1800s. Gleaned from members of the Old Time Trail Drivers' Association, these hundreds of real-life stories—some humorous, some chilling, some rambling, all interesting—form an invaluable cornerstone to the literature, history, and folklore of Texas and the West. First published in the 1920s and reissued by the University of Texas Press in 1985, this classic work is now available in a handsome paperback edition that contains the full text, historical illustrations, and name index of the hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Explanatory.
2: Organization of the Old Time Trail Drivers’ Association.
3: Origin and Close of the Old-Time Northern Trail.
4: The Pumphrey Brothers’ Experience on the Trail.
5: Dodging Indians Near Packsaddle Mountain.
6: Fought Indians on the Trail.
7: Location of the Old Chisholm Trail.
8: What has Become of the Old-Fashioned Boy?.
9: Cyclones, Blizzards, High Water, Stampedes and Indians on the Trail.
10: Mistaken for Cole Younger and Arrested.
11: A Thorny Experience.
12: A Trip to California.
13: Raised on the Frontier.
14: Drove a Herd Over the Trail to California.
15: Parents Settled in the Republic of Texas.
16: Coming up the Trail in 1882.
17: When a Girl Masqueraded as a Cowboy and Spent Four Months on the Trail.
18: A Trying Trip Alone Through the Wilderness.
19: First Camp Meeting in Grayson County.
20: Seven Trips Up the Trail.
21: The Old Trailers.
22: Killing and Capturing Buffalo in Kansas.
23: On the Trail to Nebraska.
24: Echoes of the Cattle Trail.
25: Reminiscences of Old Trail Driving.
26: Got “Wild and Woolly” on the Chisholm Trail.
27: With Herds to Colorado and New Mexico.
28: Recollections of Old Trail Days.
29: High-Heeled Boots and Striped Breeches.
30: Sixty Years in Texas.
31: The Good Old Cowboy Days.
32: Courage and Hardihood on the Old Texas Cattle Trail.
33: Lived on the Frontier During Indian Times.
34: Made a Long Trip to Wyoming.
35: Played Pranks on the Tenderfoot.
36: When a Man’s Word was as Good as a Gilt-Edged Note.
37: My Experience on the Cow Trail.
38: Punching Cattle on the Trail to Kansas.
39: Exciting Experiences on the Frontier and on the Trail.
40: Observations and Experiences of Bygone Days.
41: Met Quanah Parker on the Trail.
42: Texas Cowboys at a Circus in Minneapolis.
43: The Remarkable Career of Colonel Ike T. Pryor.
44: Habits and Customs of Early Texans.
45: Hit the Trail in High Places.
46: The Men Who Made the Trail.
47: A Few Thrilling Incidents in My Experience on the Trail.
48: Memories of the Old Cow Trail.
49: Established the First Packing Plant in Texas.
50: Trail Driving to Kansas and Elsewhere.
51: When Lightning Set the Grass on Fire.
52: “Big Cowboy Ball”.
53: Did You Ever do the Square?.
54: Experiences “Tenderfeet” Could not Survive.
55: Killing of “Billy the Kid”.
56: His Father Made Fine “Bowie” Knives.
57: Three Times Up the Trail.
58: Will Build a Ten-Story Marble Hotel in San Antonio.
59: When Ab. Blocker Climbed a Fence.
60: Found a Lot of Snuff on the Trail.
61: Eight Trips Up the Trail.
62: A Long Time Between Drinks.
63: Scouting and Routing in the Good Old Days.
64: Catching Antelope and Buffalo on the Trail.
65: The Old Trail Driver.
66: Drove a Herd to Mississippi and Alabama.
67: “Trail Life”.
68: An Indian Battle Near the Leona River.
69: Jack Potter, the “Fighting Parson”.
70: The Chisholm Trail.
71: Preferred to Take Older Cattle Up the Trail.
72: A Woman Trail Driver.
73: The Experience of an Old Trail Driver.
74: Cornbread and Clabber Made a Good Meal.
75: One of the Best Known Trail Drivers.
76: Captain John T. Lytle.
77: J. D. Jackson.
78: T. A. Coleman.
79: Twice Across the Plains in Fourteen Months.
80: John Z. Means.
81: George W. Evans.
82: Cowboy Life in West Texas.
83: Days Gone By.
84: Captain Charles Schreiner.
85: The Early Cattle Days in Texas.
86: The Cost of Moving a Herd to Northern Markets.
87: Lost Twenty-One Thousand Dollars on One Drive.
88: Mose Wesley Hays.
89: The Platte was Like a Ribbon in the Sunshine.
90: Put up Five Hundred Steers to Secure Three Hundred Dollars.
91: Some Interesting Things Seen on the Cattle Trail.
92: When “Louisiana” Came to Texas.
93: Made Several Trips up the Trail.
94: Probably the Oldest Feeder in Texas.
95: Up the Trail to Northern New Mexico.
96: The Son of a Well-Known Trail Driver.
97: When George Saunders Made a Bluff “Stick”.
98: Put up Many Herds for D. R. Fant.
99: The Milk of Human Kindness is Drying Up.
100: Took Time to Visit his Sweetheart.
101: Reminiscences of the Trail.
102: From Texas to the Oregon Line.
103: An Old Frontiersman Tells his Experience.
104: Parents were Among Early Colonists.
105: Phil L. Wright.
106: Reflections of the Trail.
107: Mrs. Lou Gore.
108: Buried a Cowboy in a Lonely Grave on the Prairie.
109: Some Things I Saw Long Ago.
110: Ate Stolen Meat, Anyway.
111: When a Boy Bossed a Herd.
112: Spent a Hard Winter Near Red Cloud.
113: Experiences of the Trail and Otherwise.
114: Sketch of Col. J. F. Ellison.
115: Sixty-Eight Years in Texas.
116: My First Five-Dollar Bill.
117: Slaked Their Thirst in a Dry Town.
118: Lived in San Antonio at Time of Woll’s Invasion.
119: Got their Names in the Pot for Supper and Breakfast.
120: Settled on the Frontier of Texas.
121: Some Thrilling Experiences of an Old Trailer.
122: The Man Who had Hell in his Neck.
123: My Third and Last Trip Up the Trail in 1886.
124: Colonel Dillard R. Fant.
125: Relates of a Trip Made in 1872.
126: Paid Three Dollars for Five Gallons of Water.
127: Listened to the Chant of the Night Songs.
128: Sketch of L. B. Allen.
129: Had Less Trouble with Indians than with the Grangers on the Trail.
130: My Trip up the Trail.
131: Richard King.
132: Drove Cattle for Doc Burnett.
133: Worked with Cattle for Over Sixty Years.
134: Made First Trip in 1877.
135: Cowboys Dressed Up at End of the Trail.
136: A Tenderfoot from Kentucky.
137: A True Story of Trail Days.
138: Traveling the Trail with Good Men was a Pleasure.
139: Had Plenty of Fun.
140: Slumbered Through the Shooting.
141: Another Successful Cowman.
142: The Real Cowboy.
143: Cowboy from the Plains of Nebraska.
144: Echoes of the 1916 Convention.
145: Early Days in Texas.
146: Worked for George W. Saunders in 1875.
147: Was a Freighter and Trail Driver.
148: Sold Cattle in Natchez for $4.50 a Head.
149: Days that were Full of Thrills.
150: Some Trips Up the Trail.
151: Thrilling Experiences.
152: Noted Quantrell was with Herd on Trail.
153: Lost Many Thousands of Dollars.
154: Were Happier in Good Old Days.
155: The Latch String is on the Outside.
156: Dedicated to the Memory of W. J. Edwards.
157: Lived in Live Oak County Many Years.
158: William James Slaughter.
159: James Alfred McFaddin.
160: An Old Cow Hand.
161: William C. Irvin.
162: Lee L. Russell.
163: Thomas B. Saunders.
164: Ate Terrapin and Dog Meat, and was Glad to Get it.
165: Gives Some Early Texas History.
166: Drove Horses to Mississippi.
167: When Jim Dobie Lost his Pants.
168: Sketch of Colonel J. J. Myers.
169: Came over from Germany in 1870.
170: A Faithful Negro Servant.
171: Grazed on Many Ranges.
172: John H. Ross was a Bronco Buster.
173: Has had an Eventful Career.
174: No Room in the Tent for Polecats.
175: Garland G. Odom.
176: Reminiscences of an Old Trail Driver.
177: “Chawed” the Earmarks.
178: James Madison Chittim.
179: A Big Mixup.
180: George T. Reynolds.
181: Colonel Albert G. Boyce.
182: Born in a Log Cabin.
183: Sixty Years in Texas, Around Good Old San Antonio.
184: Hardships of a Winter Drive.
185: Mont Woodward was a Friend.
186: Dream was Realized.
187: When He Got Big Enough to Fight, the Indians were Gone.
188: Fifty Cents a Day was Considered Good Pay.
189: When the Elements Wept and Shed Tears.
190: Sketch of Capt. James D. Reed.
191: A Tribute to the Character of William Buckner Houston.
192: Served with Lee and Jackson.