A Vaquero of the Brush Country

9780292787049: Paperback
Release Date: 1st August 1998

3 b&w illus.

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 318

University of Texas Press

A Vaquero of the Brush Country

The Life and Times of John D. Young

Paperback / £24.99

This true story of the Texas brush range and the first cowboys, as thrilling as any tale of fiction, has become a classic in Western literature. It is the story of the land where cattle by tens of thousands were killed on the prairie and where the "Skinning War" was fought. It is the story of the Chisholm Trail up to Abilene and the Platte and of establishing a ranch on the free grass of the Texas Panhandle, of roping elk in Colorado, of trailing Billy the Kid in New Mexico, of the grim lands of the Pecos. And it is the story of John Young, old-time vaquero who was trail driver, hog chaser, sheriff, ranger, hunter of Mexican bandits, horse thief killer, prairie fire fighter, ranch manager, and other things—a man who was also something of a dreamer, a man of imagination.

  • Preface
  • A Necessary Explanation
  • I. The Making of a Vaquero
  • II. The Mossy Horns
  • III. For Their Hides and Tallow
  • IV. The Razorbacks
  • V. The Bloody Border
  • VI. If Not Law--Then Order
  • VII. Up the Chisholm Trail
  • VIII. Bringing in the Strays
  • IX. Dodging Comanches and Hunting Water
  • X. Establishing a Ranch on the Plains
  • XI. From Hell to Breakfast
  • XII. Billy the Kid Interpreted
  • XIII. Many Trails
  • XIV. When the Brush Popped
  • XV. Brush Country
  • XVI. The Big Steal and the Break-Up
  • XVII. The Brasaderos
  • XVIII. Mustangs
  • XIX. The Bandana and Other Belongings
  • XX. The Man with the Iron Hand
  • XXI. Trans-Pecos
  • Appendices
  • Index