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Cattle Ranching

Cattle Ranching

Author: Dan Boyle
Description:

At the end of this tutorial, students will be able to:

  • Describe why some settlers chose cattle ranching as a career as they moved West
  • Discuss the value of the open range to ranchers
  • Describe the long drive
  • Discuss where the idea of "cowboys" began and how they became an American cultural icon
  • Describe the work that cowboys did
  • Discuss why Hollywood has influenced our picture of cowboys

As some settlers moved West, neither mining nor farming was attractive to them and so they decided to try cattle ranching.  They took advantage of the Open Range to graze their cattle and prepare them for the Long Drive to railroad junction towns to take them to market.  They hired cowboys to do this difficult job, and certainly did not pay them very much for the "honor."

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Tutorial

Cattle Ranching (Screencat-O-Matic Version)

A look at why cattle ranchers decided on that career path and the cowboys they hired to move their herds.

Cattle Ranching (YouTube Version)

A look at why cattle ranchers decided on that career path and the cowboys they hired to move their herds.