Thursday, October 30, 2008
This picture was taken in 1908 in West Texas. The picture shows two cowboys reading their mail by an old mailbox. I don't think there are very many real cowboys left. First, technology has replaced many of the traditional cowboy jobs. Also, there are fewer and fewer really big ranches. The ranches tend to get split up as they pass from generation to generation. Third, in many areas, hunting has become a bigger business than ranching, and so in some cases, ranches have stopped running cows, and simply manage the wild game for hunting. I think it is a shame that the cowboy lifestyle has faded into the past.