Cattle-Trailing Industry: Between Supply and Demand, 1866-1890

Cattle-Trailing Industry: Between Supply and Demand, 1866-1890

by Jimmy M. Skaggs
     
 

The harsh business realities of driving cattle are separated in this book from the mythology and folklore of the cattle-trailing era. Jimmy M. Skaggs focuses on the transportation agents who contracted the delivery of cattle for Texas ranchers and drove the animals northward for sale. He reveals them as shrewd "hip-pocket" businessmen.See more details below

Overview

The harsh business realities of driving cattle are separated in this book from the mythology and folklore of the cattle-trailing era. Jimmy M. Skaggs focuses on the transportation agents who contracted the delivery of cattle for Texas ranchers and drove the animals northward for sale. He reveals them as shrewd "hip-pocket" businessmen.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Skaggs has performed a service in focusing the attention of historians on an important but neglected aspect of the cattle business."—W. Turrentine Jackson

“This book definitely has its place both in business history and in western history."— Joe B. Frantz, Journal of American History

"By diligent  research [Skaggs] has pieced  together  the careers of some twenty men who moved,  according to his estimates, three­ fourths of all the cattle driven for sale to railhead markets and northern ranges during the era of the long drive. Though not oblivious of the adventurous and humorous aspects of their lives, Skaggs sees them as profit-oriented entrepreneurs, innovative and capable of improvisation in adjusting to their economically hazardous occupation. . . . This is the kind of history that will put the West in proper perspective."—Lewis Atherton, Pacific Historical Review

"[Skaggs] has given us the record we have never had, a record of name, date, time and place.  He has brought these 'cattle-trailing contractors,' who have long been names in legends, back into a rich and earthy aliveness.  He calls them American geniuses, and that they were."— Great Plains Journal

Booknews
Reprint of Skaggs' (econ. Wichita State U.) study of the Texas cattle trade first released by U. of Kansas Press, 1973. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806123912
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

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