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A Vaquero of the Brush Country: The Life and Times of John D. Young
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 th...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by University of Texas Press
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In addition to collecting folklore, Dobie also gathered oral history. A Vaquero of the Brush Country is John Young's account of life as a South Texas cowboy from the 1870s to the early 20th century. The book covers a lot of ground from daily life, to the cattle business as a business, the cattle business as a way of life, and a fair bit about plain old Texas violence. Young tells a lot about the hide & tallow business on the Texas coast. There is interesting material about Shanghai Pierce, t...more