Cattle in the Cold Desert / Edition 2

Cattle in the Cold Desert / Edition 2

by James A. Young, B. Abbott Sparks
     
 

The volume traces the history of white settlement in the Great Basin from about 1860, along with the arrival of herds of cattle and sheep to exploit the forage resources of a pristine environment and, through the history of John Sparks, a pioneer cattleman, illustrates how the herdsmen interacted with the sagebrush/grasslands of the cold desert West. See more details below

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The volume traces the history of white settlement in the Great Basin from about 1860, along with the arrival of herds of cattle and sheep to exploit the forage resources of a pristine environment and, through the history of John Sparks, a pioneer cattleman, illustrates how the herdsmen interacted with the sagebrush/grasslands of the cold desert West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874175035
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prologue: Five Days in August1
Pt. IThe Open Land
1Gray Ocean of Sagebrush19
2The Exploitation Pageant37
3Left-Hand Trail to Hell57
4Texas Cattle and Cattlemen70
Pt. IIThe Land Acquired
5Buy, Beg, Borrow, or Steal a Ranch89
6John Sparks: Capital, Credit, and Courage101
7White Winter: White Hills of Bones119
8Water: The Finite Resource137
Pt. IIIThe Land in Transition
9Making Hay in the Creat Basin155
10From Dugouts to Cattle Empires180
11Herefords in the Sagebrush194
12Horses, Tame and Wild in the Sagebrush212
Pt. IVThe Land Answers
13The Passing of the Old Guard237
Epilogue257
Notes271
Equivalency Name Table303
Index307

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