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The Cowboy, A Piece Of America
Cowboys in photos
Hello and welcome to this humble Hub. I don't know where you're from, but I'm from Texas, and it seems good to me for people to get better acquainted with one another. I love sharing knowledge of who we are and the things we enjoy and experience in our different cultures.
I've lived here all my life and I really do love it. I think Texas has some wonderful ways and places to talk about, and there's so much to say about it. I hope some of these thoughts might be of some interest to you.
Texas is the largest state in the United States, and the landscape is varied and interesting. There's something in Texas for everyone. There is very much flat land, open acreage of farms and ranches. There are mountains, hill country, valley areas and large metropolitan cities. Small settlements built by ancient pioneers and lots of farm country One of the famous legends about Texas has to do with being Cowboy country. When the person from up north ( Some call these yankees, 'smile') hears of Texas, they probably think of cowboy boots and cowboy hats. However, although it's true that many who live here who have never owned either, these symbols of the Wild West are certainly a large part of our native history.
Texas has a very colorful history. There are legends which have been passed down through the generations of famous heroes and also famous outlaws. The early days of this vast land being pioneered and settled and civilized were so very interesting that untold numbers of books and movies based on some fact and much fiction have circulated over the years.
Texas is well known as cattle country. Texas and the states of the southwestern region of the US have always been large producers of the nation's meat supply. Cattle ranchers raised huge herds of cattle on thousands of open acres of ranch land. In the early days of pioneering the United States there were no railroads,and in order to get the cattle to distant markets large trail drives were established to transport the cattle. This was the way of life for the cowboy and rancher. It was a huge undertaking,requiring many cowboys to leave home and family and spend months on the long trail from the west to the markets.
Texas also experienced several large wars, notably the wars with Mexico which established the republic, and varied Indian wars as the land was being settled. Cowboys and Indians live peaceably together here in Texas now.
Much of this history has been recorded in song and in many stories handed down from it's early settlers. Although much has changed in these modern times, Cowboys, cowboy boots, rodeos, horses and ranchers are still a very interesting and major part of out heritage as a nation.
Here are a few links on the subject to share for your enjoyment. I'm hoping!
Song; "The Last Cowboy Song"
I don't really think we've seen the last cowboy, but it's sure not like it was in the early years. Texans who have a love for that lifestyle seem to gravitate toward each others. Like the old saying"Birds of a Feather flock together". We have lots in common. I've always been fascinated by the old stories of Cowboys and Indians, having spent many childhood hours watching Hollywood movies about them. And the old reruns are still very popular with many cowboy lovers today.
I hope you've enjoyed the short journey with me through some of my home state's history. God Bless and keep you through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!