Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cowboys

This picture shows a group of cowboys that have roped a Gray Wolf. The picture was taken in 1887 in Wyoming. I always wonder if there are any real cowboys left. I don't think too much ranch work is done on horseback these days, and horses for the most part are for recreation. I know a lot of people who wear cowboy boots and cowboy hats, but don't know of many real cowboys.

14 comments:

  1. You might enjoy some of the photos shared on this site: http://thepioneerwoman.com/ Many are of real cowboys riding real horses on an Oklahoma ranch.

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  2. still are in colorado,,some high pastures,still acessable,only by horse,branding still used, BTW,,love this site,great pix,an stories,i read everyday,,thanx,

    oldbear.

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  3. There's plenty of real cowboys around.

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  4. Real cowboys around?? Are you serious, come to Texas and you will see many.

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  5. I think Mr.WebsiteOwner is talking about real real real cowboys.

    Like the last one died one year ago or something.

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  6. Anon,
    I do live in a remote area of West Texas. I just dont see any of the real cowboys around. I am not talking about rodeo types, or Honky Tonk types, or Country Western dressers, but real make your living on the back of a horse, branding cattle, and living in a bunk house or out on the range. The last real cowboy I knew was Henry Rounsaville, who ran a 400 section ranch in Culberson County. Last time I saw him he was 75, and was busting a bronc on the Casey ranch. Shortly after that I heard that he had been killed in an accident on the Ranch. Henry was the last real cowboy I ever knew.

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  7. I used to be acquainted with a man I consider to be a real cowboy. He'd drifted through many jobs and pursuits in his life, including truck driver and biker. He'd been in jail and divorced several wives. Somewhere along the way, he drifted into Oklahoma and he found his home. He and his wife run cattle. I don't remember how many now. They use horses to get to them as their ranch has a creek running through the middle that is tough to pass even in the best truck. They lived in a mobile home which in my opinion can be pretty close to a bare bones bunk house. When they got married, they scraped the manure off their boots and wore them with their best clothes, nothing fancy.

    Considering many of the "real cowboys" of yore had many lives before they became cowboys, I think of my old friend as a real cowboy.

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  8. I believe there is(or was) an old cowboy rest home in an old hotel in Menard, Texas. The highway department Magazine did an article about it back in the late 90's. There were some "sure 'nuf" cowboys there. Hope they haven't all died out........

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  9. There are still quite a few real cowboys. Most of them still even ride horses!

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  10. The last real cowboy died in City Slickers . . . Curly

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  11. I know where you can meet some real cowboys. The first weekend of September in Lubbock, TX the National Cowboy Symposium is held. My husband used to do the website for them. You can tell the working cowboys from the others because they are skinny, their skin is weather beaten and they don't take sh*t off anybody. They are becoming few, though.

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  12. My dad was a real cowboy. a REAL REAL REAL cowboy. BTW combination redneck/ghetto white trash, rap-loving, truck-driving, beer guzzling, fast-food slurping does NOT = cowboy.

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  13. Plenty of real cowboys around. You just can't see them from the road.

    Met several in Tx, Co, Mt, & Wy that look like they could've ridden with Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving.

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  14. well in Wyoming we have a few left such as my older brother worked on several ranches in the past few months from new mexico to southern canada and we still ahve a few and texas is we'll leave it at that

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