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4.0 out of 5 starsThe story from one who grew up on the trail and amongst the people and events
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2020
The author presents a broad personal based history of the Chisholm trail for cattle. This trail was an important part of the old west and passage of which was an important part of the lives of thousands of cowboys of the 1800s and into the 1900s. It's importance extended across the nation to the east as cattle moved over this trail was headed to market to feed much of the United States. The author, being an attorney, gets a little into legalese at times, but most of the book is quite readable and full of facts and dispels many myths of the time. He, in his youth also worked as a cowboy himself, and thus speaks not just from a learned point of view, but from one of experience as well. He speaks not only of cowboys, but of outlaws and Indians of the area as well as the early lack of, then the spread of law into the area, civil as well as criminal. He personally knew many of the local characters
5.0 out of 5 starsWorth reading for an understanding of the West
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2018
I didn't want to read this book but it was a choice for my book discussion group. It pulled me in. The author actually had ridden part of the trail and he introduces some of the men who influenced the area and what a fascinating bunch they were. As a "city" reader, I also learned some interesting facts about cows and their habits, how hard it was to cross creeks and rivers with chuck wagons, choices in weapons, and I could go on and on. As someone with an ancestor who survived the "Trail of Tears," I learned some new insights into the Cherokees who made the trip and settled the areas in Arkansas and Oklahoma. All in all, I'd say the book was worth reading.
Fascinating reading. The old maps are a great help and also the old photos. interesting to learn that Quakers were involved in peace making and as agency for the various trading posts. A piece of history that one does not think about unless they read books about the opening of the west and the hard work ranchers and cattlemen did to survive.
5.0 out of 5 starsA history of the people that made the west during the great cattle trail drive era
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2019
I'm only half finished but the author lived in Oklahoma and knew many of the historical characters personally. He is methodical in his presentation It is also billed as the history of the cattle drive business which lasted from the end of the Civil War until about 1890 when railroads were built and civilization encroached on the trail. The book is an invaluable reference as to the people that made that era.
Lots of good stories and details about the trail, people and events but, tough to read. Very basic maps with long descriptions of the route which could be substituted by maps. The author’s righting style was very stilted and overly formal. Poor editing was also distracting.
5.0 out of 5 starsprovides lots of additional information about the wild west
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2019
Even though this book was written years ago I found it very informative regarding the life of the true cowboys and how they lived and worked. In addition the author describes lots of details about the relocation of the plains Indians including their habits, the dubious relationship with the US Government, etc. I was surprised that I liked the book overall!
I'VE GOT TO BELIEVE THAT THIS BOOK WAS SELF PUBLISHED. NO RESPECTABLE PUBLISHING HOUSE WOULD EVER PUT THIS BOOK ON THE MARKET ! I'M SURE IT NEVER SAW AN EDITOR. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF TYPOS AND PUNCTUATION ERRORS. IF THE AUTHOR WROTE LEGAL BRIEFS I WOULD HATE TO BE HIS CLIENT. ALTHOUGH SOME OF THE STORIES ARE INTERESTING , TRYING TO GET THROUGH THEM ARE A REAL PAIN.
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2019
Living in the Midwest, I can see how important keeping the story of these trails alive can mean to all who travel through here. Reading this account, with so much exacting details, really feels like I'm going down that path with the cowboys of yesterday. Very well written, but some grammatical errors abound, it is worth a try. Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 starsSuper interesting first hand account of the Wild West
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 10, 2016
This is not just a book about the Chisholm cattle trail. It is an eyewitness account of the life in the Wild West. Indian tribes, cowboys, heroes, villains - and the country. Various events are described in minute details, as if in a movie script. The only caveat is that it is an OCR-scan of the original version, and contains a lot of scan errors. A great shame that no-one cared to proof-read it before it was printed.
Hätte nicht gedacht, so ein aufschlußreiches und interessantes, detailreiches Buch zu erhalten. Wer sich für den "wilden Westen" interessiert, Viehtriebe und Cowboys, der Erschliessung des Westens der ist hier gut aufgehoben. Nichts für jemanden, der tolle, reißerische Stories lesen will, nein, hier gehts um echte Geschichte! Sehr lesenswert!