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Western Frontier Library #34: The Xit Ranch of Texas and the Early Days of the Llano Estacadoby J. Evetts Haley
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The XIT was not the first ranch in West Texas, but after its formation in the 1880's it became the largest single operation in the cow country of the Old West. It covered more than three million acres, enclosed by 781 miles of barbed wire fence.
"Mr. Haley relates accurately and vividly the ups and downs of this greatest of American ranches....Without doubt The XIT Ranch of Texas will long survive the modern, and in part ephemeral, ranch stories." Mississippi Valley Historical Review
"The fascinating book....is admirable through Mr. Haley's unmatched and phenomenal ability to weave fascinating personalities and innately interesting events into a vivid narrative." Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Among the famous ranch brands of Texas are the T Anchor, JA, Diamond Tail, 777, Bar C, and XIT. And the greatest of these was XIT—The XIT Ranch of Texas.
It was not the first ranch in West Texas, but after its formation in the eighteen-eighties it became the largest single operation in the cow country of the Old West and covered more than three million acres, all fenced.
The state of Texas patented this huge rectangle of land, at the time considered by many to be part of "the great American desert," to the Capitol Freehold Land and Investment Company of Chicago, in exchange for funds to erect the state capitol building in Austin. This "desert" became a legend in the cattle business, and it remains today a memory to thousands who recall the era when mustangs and longhorns grazed beneath the brand of the XIT.
The development and operation of this pastoral enterprise and its relation to the history of Texas is the subject of this great and widely discussed book by J. Evetts Haley, now made available to readers every· where. It is the story of a wild prairie, roamed by Indians, buffalo, mustangs, and antelope, that became a country of railroads, oil fields, prosperous farms, and carefully bred herds of cattle. The XIT Ranch of Texas is the epic account of a ranching operation about which many know a little but only a few very much. It is the one volume that, more than any other, portrays the early-day cattle business of the West.
About the Author
J. Evetts Haley is a historian and a cowman and the author of three other books published by the University of Oklahoma Press: Jeff Milton: A Good Man With a Gun; Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman; and George W. Littlefield, Texan.
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