Unbridled Cowboy is a riveting firsthand account of a defiant hell-raiser in the wild and tumultuous American Southwest in the late 1800s. At the age of fourteen, Joe Fussell hopped trains to escape from school and the authority he scorned. Joe became a roving cowpuncher across the Texas territory, tilling the land, wrangling cattle, and working in livery stables, moving on whenever his feet began to itch. In a time and place with no law, the young cowboy took it upon himself to exact revenge on those who trespassed him. Joe recounts tales of cowboy adventures, narrow escapes, undercover work as a Texas Ranger, and life on the railroads. A spark of his wild cowboy spirit remained even after he went to work on the railroads and rose to the position of yardmaster.
Joe's unadorned prose is as exposed and simple as the wide open Texas plains. His unpretentious, unique voice embodies the spirit of the old West.
|Publisher:||Truman State University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Joseph B. Fussell was born in Tyler, Texas, in 1879, the son of a cowboy and buffalo hunter. He ran away from home and school at age fourteen after nearly killing the school bully with a brick. Fussell trekked most of the Southwest and worked as a cowboy, livery stable operator, and at any other jobs he could find. When he was a ranch hand in northern Mexico, he barely escaped the fate of his American friend who died at the bottom of a well. Fussell worked as an undercover Texas ranger before beginning his railroad career. He married at age 27, and he and his wife, Mary, had two children. In 1916 when Mexico was in the throes of civil war, Fussell took a perilous journey to Vera Cruz to check on the suitability of land for oil drilling. He lived in Arizona working as yardmaster and librarian for the Santa Fe and became politically active with compelling letters to politicians and newspapers. After retiring from the Santa Fe in 1945, Fussell moved to Alhambra, California, to be near his daughter and family. With little formal training, Fussell wrote his riveting memoir about real life in the West at the turn of the century. He died in 1957.
Table of Contents
Editor's Preface ix
Map of places mentioned xiv
Hell's Half Acre to El Paso 29
Del Rio 40
Oklahoma, El Paso, and San Antonio 50
Home and Dallas 105
Cathouse Queen 138
Yoakum to Bakersfield 191
The Great Depression in Winslow 223
Leading Democrat in Northern Arizona 237
World War II and Alhambra 264
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Being from texas, i wanted to read something related to the state. This book was very interesting and a joy to read. As the grandson says, (he doesn't know if all things his grand dad wrote are real) he printed what his grand dad had write. This book is loaded with adventure and things that make you think about how times where back then. My wife read it, and she doesn't care for western type books and loved it also. Do not read the epilogue at the end before reading the book.