Cattle Drives and Trails

The activity of moving cattle as a herd, either for a short distance or over several hundred miles is referred to as a cattle drive. Drives were of major importance before cattle trailers and liners were invented, and these movements created major trails that were used by other herds that were moved to be sold for beef or to make their home on a newly found ranch. Questions on cattle drives and trails, both historic and current, can be found here.

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What refers to the cattles journey to a railroad depot?

Cattle drive.

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What do you call a person that herd cattle or sheep?

A drover, shepherd, cowboy, stockman, herder, etc.

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What were the names of the famous cattle drives in Texas?

Some famous cattle trails in Texas were:

  • Goodnight-Loving Trail
  • Great Western Trail
  • Chisholm Trail
  • Sedalia (Shawnee) Trail
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A realistic portrayal of life as a cowboy on a cattle drive?

Hollywood has given the public a somewhat 'idealized' view of life on a cattle drive. The reality was very different. Hard physical work, hour after hour on the back of a horse, in temperatures that ranged from sizzling heat to mind-numbing cold, rain, snow and wind that blows the endless dust from the hooves of cattle into the nose, eyes, ears and mouths of the cowboy.

Depending on where the drive started, the trip was usually several hundred miles and took 4 to 6 months to reach the railroad, one of the biggest cattle towns was Abeliene, KS. Sleeping on the hard ground, prey to biting insects and deadly snakes, unfriendly native Americans and cattle rustlers intent on relieving the cowboys of their livelihood or their life. Rivers had no bridges or ferries, you crossed on horseback, all worldly possessions completely soaked. They cowboy supplied his own horse, rope, and other tools necessary to the job. At trail's end, the cattle town held it's own dangers. After months on the job, the cowboy's pockets full from their pay, indulged in drinking, gambling and lewd women. Fights were commonplace, guns were drawn when tempers flared. Many of the cowboys spent their entire salaries within a few days, left scrambling for other work.

These men were independent, tough and couragous. And for some of them it was the only thing they wanted to do. It was a way of life that will never come again.

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What is a long piece of leather used to drive cattle or horses?

It is called a horsewhip

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What did cowboys do on a cattle drive?

A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on cattle drives.

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What are feeder cattle?

Feeder cattle are young cattle (steers and heifers) that are carrying more weight or condition than stocker cattle and are ready to be put on a "hot" ration (or high-energy ration like grain) for finishing prior to slaughter. Quite often these cattle have started out as stockers or backgrounders and have been raised and fed on a high-forage-based ration to the point where they've grown enough and put on enough weight (in both fat and muscle; this is known as "condition") to be considered as feeder cattle. Feeder cattle are often between the 10 to 18 months, depending on the length of backgrounding/stockering phase they went through.

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Why were mustangs especially suitable for work on the cattle drives?

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Where can i get last year BA 1st year correspondence question paper?

I want I year BA Correspondence previous question paper

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What was the affect of barbed wire on the cattle industry?

It heralded an end to the open-range cattle industry, and created more friction between open-range ranchers and the sod busters, otherwise known as the farmers because the ranchers wanted the land that the farmers were turning over for crops for cattle grazing. Of course barbed wire wasn't the only thing that affected the cattle industry. Over-grazing, the near-extinction of the very cattle that were herded back east for their meat, the completion and expansion of the railroad and the ever-increasing population of farms, towns and cities in the West had an impact on the cattle industry.

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What is a cattle driver called?

A cowboy, but there are different positions and jobs in a cattle drive.

Drag Rider: ride at the rear to keep it going
Flank Rider: ride at the side of the herd to keep it from spreading out
Point rider: ride at the front
Swing rider: ride alongside the herd to turn it in the right direction
Trail boss: the cowboy in charge of all of the other cowboys and cattle on the trail drive
Wrangler: the cowboy in charge of the remuda ( extra hourses taken) on the trail
cook:in charge of the chuck wagon and cook meals
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Who taught the cowboys how to run cattle?

Most learned the hard way, through trial and error, but others had mentors that taught them how to know the behaviour of cattle and how to raise and herd them.

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Who was the lead cowboy in cattle drive?

The Trail Boss

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How did cowboys make money from cattle drives?

$ 2.00

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What factors led to the end of the long cattle drive?

cattle yards and trains and slaughter houses and ice

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Where can you purchase aunt kitty's cattle drive baked beans?

Aunt Kitty's Cattle Drive Baked Beans were first made during a Cattle Drive that was organized by Aunt Kitty in the late 20th century. She created them as a means of feeding the masses when the Kettle Korn King of South Carolina failed to show at the Atlanta State Fair. There were, unfortunately, too few hogs to slaughter, which served as the original plan (Hog Dogs) to supplement the Kettle Korn King's corn. Aunt Kitty, under immense pressure, traveled into the Forbidden Forest to dig up Legume Root, which was the secret ingredient in her baked beans. Kitty dug a hole in the ground, put in all the special ingredients, covered them with molten lava, and then buried it for six weeks. When she returned at the end of the six weeks, with a chisel, hammer, and hairdryer, she painstakingly excavated the baked beans. Having enough to feed the famished frontiersman, she returned to the State Fair/Cattle Drive. Much to her chagrin, the frontiersman were undeniably dead. They had starved without her baked beans. Even more unfortunate, she had a surfeit of baked beans. The surplus was then canned in The Great Canning of 1999. You can pick up your can of Aunt Kitty's Cattle Drive Baked Beans at your local Piggy Wiggly for $5.99. The upcharge is due to the molten lava and excavation costs she incurred a mere three decades ago.

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Why was the railroad important to the open range cattle industry?

It made it 100 times easier to transport meat and other cattle products to areas of america that they wouldn't of been able to earlier. Because they didn't have to walk the cattle across the plains it made cattle available year round and delivered a better quality of meat. The railroad spiked the economy in regards to the cattle industry.

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Did barbed wire end the cattle drive?

Yes it did. Barbed wire closed the open range. People were fencing off their land preventing cattle from getting by easily. Ranchers had to take long ways around the enclosed areas. And by 1887 and 1888 a harsh winter came in and cattle could not get around the fencing making them freeze to death in the middle of the night. It was a sad part of history, but people still use barbed wire today.

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What are dangers and hardships on a cattle drive?

Stampedes, snake bites and broken bones are obvious dangers. Hard ground for a bed, rain, cold, saddle sores, night riding, long hours, poor pay, bad water and a less then gourmet diet can be considered hardships.

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What do you call painted cattle guards?

A painted cattle guard.

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Completed in 1867 it was a safe route for cattle drivers from Texas to reach the railroad in Kansas What is the name of this route?

the Chisholm trail

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What is the purpose of jet trails?

They really have no purpose . But mostly they are created by the jet exhaust freezing and creating ice crystals as the airliner flies in the stratosphere where temperatures are well blow freezing.

Another similar point of view. Jet trails, or condensate trails, have no more purpose than the little cloud formed when you "see your breath" on a cold day. The same principles are involved.

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What men moved cattle from place to place?

The men that move cattle from place to place are called ranchers or cowboys. They live on ranches.

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What does drag mean in reference to a cattle drive?

It means the last part of the herd that is being herded. Often the drag has animals that may go off on their own away from the herd, and one or two horsemen have to herd these rogue animals back to the herd. The drag portion of the cattle drive is considered a more advanced position to be in, not a place where greenhorns or tenderfeet should ride nor help out with the drive.

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What was the first cattle trail to go through Oklahoma?

East Shawnee Trail

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