Lost Trails of the Cimarron

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Lost Trails of the Cimarron is Harry Chrisman’s folk history of nineteenth-century Cimarron country - southwestern Kansas, southeastern Colorado, and the neutral strip of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. Buffalo hunters entered the area in violation of the Medicine Lodge Treaty, followed by cowboys and settlers who formed a vast economy based on grass and beef, the beginnings of prominent cattle ranches such as Westmoreland-Hitch Outfit. Chrisman details the history of the outlaws and ruffians of "No Man’s Land"...

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Overview

Lost Trails of the Cimarron is Harry Chrisman’s folk history of nineteenth-century Cimarron country - southwestern Kansas, southeastern Colorado, and the neutral strip of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. Buffalo hunters entered the area in violation of the Medicine Lodge Treaty, followed by cowboys and settlers who formed a vast economy based on grass and beef, the beginnings of prominent cattle ranches such as Westmoreland-Hitch Outfit. Chrisman details the history of the outlaws and ruffians of "No Man’s Land" and trail drives to Dodge City and beyond. Numerous illustrations accompany the anecdotes and stories of various frontier personalities.

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A reprint of Chrisman's fine account of 19th c. cattle ranching in the Oklahoma Panhandle, first published by Sage Books in 1961. Printed without change except for the use of alkaline book paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806130170
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 313
  • Sales rank: 1,439,321
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Chrisman was a newspaper reporter from Liberal, Kansas, and the author of Fifty Years on the Owl Hoot Trail, Ladder of Rivers, Tales of the Western Heartland, and 1,001 Most Asked Questions about the American West.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Introduction 11
Ch. I The High Plains in buffalo hunting days 15
Ch. II The Santa Fe and the Texas longhorns reach Dodge City 34
Ch. III Dodge City, the cowboy capitol 62
Ch. IV Ranches and cattlemen of No Man's Land 74
Ch. V Ranches of Eastern No Man's Land 94
Ch. VI George Scranage and the Beaver City vigilantes 111
Ch. VII The Beaver City visitor 144
Ch. VIII Men of the cattle area 175
Ch. IX Inventiveness of men of the cattle area 209
Ch. X Humor on the cattle frontier 220
Ch. XI Stories of violence 228
Ch. XII The Westmoreland-Hitch outfit and Old Tyrone 237
Ch. XIII Winter joblessness and the grubline 255
Ch. XIV Women on the cattle frontier 270
Ch. XV The cowboy and our modern trails 284
App. I The record of the Brand Books 287
App. II Addenda and Notes for Second Edition 294
Index 303
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