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Texas Cowboys
vii, 162 pp. "Western writer and photographer Dane Coolidge (1873-1940), cousin of Calvin, grew up on a citrus ranch in Riverside County, California, and knew old-time cowboys first hand. This book about Texas cowboys actually takes place in Arizona on Indian reservation land, where Coolidge spent some time with the Cherrycow outfit at the turn of the last century, taking photographs as a cover, he says, for gathering material for his writings about the West.Familiar with California-style cowboys, he is quick to notice the differences among those from Texas, the way they dress, the way they work cattle, and the way they carry on. Many, it seems, were in Arizona in the first place because they were on the run from the law back home. There are 32 photographs in this book, most of them showing these cowboys at work. The thread of discourse that holds them together is an account of Coolidge's time spent with these men as they break horses and then round up cattle from the open ranges for branding.Stories get told about, for instance, the cook who quits when the schoolmarm wife of one of the bosses corrects his grammar. There's also an account of Coolidge's wandering for days in search of the outfit, with only telegraph lines and the conflicting directions of other travelers to guide him. He pays a visit to a tribe of Apaches, who seem to be well fed on rustled beef. One long chapter is devoted to ribald cowboy songs and sentimental ballads. Finally, he captures in dialogue something of the raillery by which the cowboys amuse themselves. First published in 1937, this edition includes a 1981 essay in appreciation of Coolidge by Owen Ulph. It belongs on any shelf of cowboy and Southwest literature."KEYWORDS: DANE COOLIDGE OWEN ULPH TEXAS COWBOYS WILD OLD WEST WESTERNS AMERICAN HISTORY AMERICANA


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August 1985 : USA Paperback

Title: Texas Cowboys
Author(s): Dane Coolidge
ISBN: 0-8165-0947-6 / 978-0-8165-0947-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
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