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Chapter 17 Section 3 The Cattle Kingdom. Vocab ~Open range- unfenced land, p. 590 ~Cattle drive- the herding and moving of cattle, p. 590 ~Persist- to.

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1 Chapter 17 Section 3 The Cattle Kingdom

2 Vocab ~Open range- unfenced land, p. 590 ~Cattle drive- the herding and moving of cattle, p. 590 ~Persist- to endure; to continue in the face of difficulty, p. 591 ~Vaquero- the Spanish word for cowhand, or cowboy, p. 592 ~Cow town- settlement at the end of a cattle trail, p. 592 ~Myth- story or legend; imaginary, invented story, p. 593 ~Cattle kingdom- the region dominated by the cattle industry and its ranches, trails, and cow towns came to be known as the cattle kingdom, p. 593

3 The Rise of the Cattle Industry ~For years longhorns, called that because of their long horns, wandered the open range. ~Originally they were strays lost by Spanish ranchers. ~In the 1860s, when railroads were crossing the west, people saw the cows as a source of income.

4 The Rise of the Cattle Industry (2) ~Ranchers in Texas hired cowhands to round up the wild cattle. ~Their destinations were rail lines in Kansas, Missouri, and Wyoming, 1,000 miles away ~The herding of the cattle was called a cattle drive, and they were so grueling that some cowhand brought enough horses that a fresh one was available each day

5 The Rise of the Cattle Industry (3) ~Some of the more used trails, carrying as many as 600,000 cattle each year on drives that lasted 2-3 months were: -Chisholm trail, which ran from Austin to Abilene -Goodnight-loving trail, which ran from Texas to Wyoming.

6 Cattle Trails This picture shows cattle trails such as the Western trail and the Chisholm trail.

7 Life on the Trail ~Cattle drives were long and dangerous, forcing cowhands to develop nerves of steak. ~A couple of the primary dangers were: -Thieves, swamps, and fires. -A river washing cattle away. -Cattle stampedes caused by lightning. ~For all the work, cowhands got less than $1 for a 18 hour day. ~Like in mining, cattle ranching relied on low-paid laborers

8 Life on the Trail (2) ~For all the work, cowhands got less than $1 for a 18 hour day. ~Like in mining, cattle ranching relied on low-paid laborers. ~ Even though the work was hard and the pay was low, cowhands persisted in doing the job.

9 Spanish Roots ~the original cowhands were Spanish and Mexican vaqueros. ~When other people started rounding up cattle, the vaqueros taught them how to ride, rope, and brand the cows. ~Many of the cowhand’s tools have names similar to their spanish roots: -Saddle/Silla de montar -Spurs/espoloñes

10 Spanish Roots (2) -lasso/lazo ~The origins of the cowboy hat came from the Mexican sombrero. ~Nearly one third of cowhands were Mexican.

11 The Wild West ~ Illinois businessman Joseph McCoy founded Abilene, Kansas in 1867 where the Kansa Pacific Railroad met Chisholm Trail ~ McCoy thought that cowboys would want a hot meal and a bath after long months on the trail

12 The Wild West (2) ~ Wichita and Dodge City also sprang up near Abilene ~ Cow Towns had dance halls, saloons, hotels, and restaurants

13 The Wild West (3) ~ Due to the rough life in cow towns many people began believing that the West was a very wild place ~ “Buffalo Bill” is a prime example of the “Wild West”

14 The Wild West (4) ~Annie Oakley performed also and proved she could shoot very well ~ Buffalo Bill started a traveling wild west show in 1883 the show consisted plays depicting events of the “Wild West” such as Custer’s Last Stand

15 The Wild West (5) ~ There was some basis of fact of the myth of the Wild West ~ But the West was quickly changing Natives were being forced onto reservations and it was becoming more civilized

16 Boom and Bust in the Cattle Kingdom ~ The cattle boom spanned from the 1860s to the 1880s ~ In those two decades herds and markets grew increasing ranchers income, but then the industry collapsed

17 Boom and Bust in the Cattle Kingdom (2) ~ When the cattle boom reached its peak calves could be bought for $5 and steers sold for $60 ~ Ranchers made a lot of money even after expenses for the drives

18 Boom and Bust in the Cattle Kingdom (3) ~ As new breeds of cattle were introduced that produced more meat and contracted less disease profits skyrocketed ~ One company had 800 square miles of ranches in three states

19 Boom and Bust in the Cattle Kingdom(4) ~ More than 7 million cattle were roaming the open range in the mid-1880s ~ Starting in 1886 and 1887 there was a cycle of blazing summers and freezing winters that killed millions of cattle

20 Boom and Bust in the Cattle Kingdom (5) ~ There was an economic depression that put many out of work ~ Beef demand began to drop when the depression hit

21 Boom and Bust in the Cattle Kingdom (6) ~ Sheep began competing against cattle for Prairie land ~ Farmers fenced in land to save their crops ~ Many ranchers were forced to buy expensive fed for their cattle

22 Boom and Bust in the Cattle Kingdom(7) ~ Giant ranches soon faded into smaller ranches that could fed their cattle ~ Railroad lines cut onto ranch and open range land limiting ranchers space ~ The cattle kingdom ended as raising cattle became increasingly difficult

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