Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West by Christopher Knowlton

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The open range cattle era lasted barely a quarter-century, but it left America irrevocably changed. These few decades following the Civil War brought America its greatest boom-and-bust cycle until the Depression, the invention of the assembly line, and the dawn of the conservation movement. It inspired legends, such as that icon of rugged individualism, the cowboy. Yet this extraordinary time and its import have remained unexamined for decades.

Cattle Kingdom reveals the truth of how the West rose and fell, and how its legacy defines us today. The tale takes us from dust-choked cattle drives to the unlikely splendors of boomtowns like Abilene, Kansas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. We venture from the Texas Panhandle to the Dakota Badlands to the Chicago stockyards. We meet a diverse array of players—from the expert cowboy Teddy Blue to the failed rancher and future president Teddy Roosevelt. Knowlton shows us how they and others like them could achieve so many outsized feats: killing millions of bison in a decade, building the first opera house on the open range, driving cattle by the thousand, and much more. Cattle Kingdom is a revelatory new view of the Old West.

Title : Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West
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ISBN : 0544369963
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 448 pages


Manray9 rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 06, 2017

Not as much about cowboys as the cattle business, mostly in Wyoming and Montana, during the open range period that ended around 1887. Tedious at times and concentrating on historical figures who were just not that interesting.

James rated it ★★★★★

October 21, 2017

The subtitle of Christopher Knowlton's excellent "Cattle Kingdom" is "The Hidden History of the Cowboy West". This is a first rate work of scholarship, describing the massive cattle drives from Texas to the massive western ranches. This is an origin story. How did the drives begin? Where did the...

Jill rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2017

This is one heck of a good book, so full of interesting historical facts and vignettes that you will be driving everyone around you crazy as you read by calling out repeatedly, “Listen to THIS!” It tells the story of the open-range cattle era and the rise of the cowboy from the perspective of its...

Ann rated it ★★★★★

August 09, 2017

A comprehensive study of the cattle barons, Theodore Roosevelt, the cowboy, demise of the bison population, conservation , natural resources and the mistakes that the wealthy cattle barons made by underestimating the weather conditions, getting stock to market , refrigeration and a general loose...

John rated it ★★★★★

July 07, 2017

The history of the cattle industry in west along with cowboys, gunfighters, the good, the bad, the ugly and an American President throw in for good measure. You also get interesting facts like the Big-Die Up, new information on the Johnson County War and what started it (and just maybe the real r...

Judy rated it ★★★★★

September 19, 2017

A realistic history of the cowboy and the industry they worked in. In the 1870's and 1880's there was a rush to invest in the cattle business. Huge fortunes were invested, and lost. The destruction of the buffalo herds meant the herds of Texas cattle could be driven north to railroads and to Nort...

Bill rated it ★★★★★

July 23, 2017

A view of the settlement of the ranges that opens one's eyes. I have been reading a lot of history recently as one needs to look back to help understand today and consider the future. This book helps understand the shaping of the national narrative. Reading about cattle as an industry and tying th...

Dalton rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 28, 2017

This book while not bad, was not at all what I expected, and as such, I was a little disappointed. There are interesting parts such as the story of the Johnson county war, or the disappearance of buffalo from the plains, but for the most part, it read like a textbook; not a history textbook eithe...

Lisa-Michele rated it ★★★★☆

October 16, 2017

An expansive, insightful look at the brief thirty years near the end of the 19th century when cattle roamed America’s Wild West. “Perhaps no boom-bust cycle has had as lasting an impact on American society as the rise and fall of the cattle kingdom…here, then, is the story of the open-range cattl...

David rated it ★★★★☆

June 12, 2017

The "real" story of the cowboy. Between the late 1860s and late 1880s, open range cattle breeding transformed the West. Young men looking for work as the Civil War ended drifted west and became cowboys. For awhile they were in demand as the cattle herds were growing and labor was scarce. As the c...

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