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A Texas Cowboy: Or, Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony (Penguin Classics)


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After a nomadic childhood, Charles Siringo signed on as a teenage cowboy for the noted Texas cattle king, Shanghai Pierce, and began a life that embraced all the hard work, excitement, and adventure readers today associate with the cowboy era. He "rid the Chisholm trail", driving 2,500 heads of cattle from Austin to Kansas; knew Tascosa — now a historic monument — when it was home to raucous saloons, red Light districts, and a fair share of violence; and led a posse of cowboys in pursuit of Billy the Kid and his gang.<P>First published in 1885, Siringo's chronicle of his life as a itchy-footed boy, cowhand, range detective, and adventurer was one the first classics about the Old West and helped to romanticize the West and its myth of the American cowboy. Will Rogers declared, "That was the Cowboy's Bible when I was growing up".

About the Author

Richard W. Etulain is professor emeritus of history and former director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico. He has authored or edited more than forty books.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Richard W. Etulain

Suggestions for Further Reading

A Note on the Text

A Texas Cowboy

I. My Boyhood Days

II. My Introduction to the late war

III. My First Lesson in Cow Punching

IV. My second experience in St. Louis

V. A New experience

VI. Adopted and sent to school

VII. Back at last to the Lone Star State

VIII. Learning to rope wild steers

IX. Owning my first cattle

X. A start up the Chisolm trail

XI. Buys a boat and becomes a sailor

XII. Back to my favorite occupation, that of a wild and woolly Cow Boy

XIII. Mother and I meet at last

XIV. On a tare in Wichita, Kansas

XV. A lonely trip down the Cimeron

XVI. My first experience roping a Buffalo

XVII. An exciting trip after thieves

XVIII. Seven weeks among Indians

XIX. A lonely ride of eleven hundred miles

XX. Another start up the Chisolm trail

XXI. A trip which terminated in the capture of "Billy the Kid"

XXII. Billy the Kid's capture

XXIII. A trip to the Rio Grande on a mule

XXIV. Waylaid by unknown parties

XXV. Lost on the Staked Plains

XXVI. A trip down the Reo Pecos

XXVII. A true sketch of "Billy the Kid's" life

XXVIII. Wrestling with a dose of Small Pox on the Llano Esticado

XXIX. In love with a Mexican girl

XXX. A sudden leap from Cow Boy to Merchant


Part I. - Cost of raising a three-year old steer

Part II. - Driving young steers "up the trail."

Part III. - What a young man can do in ten years with a start of 100 two-year-old heifers.

Part IV. - The much abused cow-pony.

Part V. - Cow-boys' wages - and cost of outfit.

Part VI. - Losses on a cattle ranch from deaths, theft, etc.

Part VII. - Raising cow-ponies on the range

Explanatory Notes

Product Details

Etulain, Richard W.
Etulain, Richard W.
Siringo, Charles A.
Etulain, Richard
Penguin Books
New York
United States - General
United States - 20th Century
Frontier and pioneer life
United States - 19th Century
Personal Memoirs
Texas History 1846-1950.
US History-19th Century
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
b/w illustration on page xxvi
8.27x4.51x.41 in. .35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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