Trails of Yesterday

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University Publishing Company, 1921 - Frontier and pioneer life - 302 pages
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Wow! This is a great story. So much of history through the eyes of one man who experienced it. It fleshed out so many of the basic facts that I learned in my history classes in high school.
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also a great story of the human condition. This man did not give up. He succeeded because of his perseverance. 

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Page 108 - Reynolds' stage station was chased the last five miles of the road up to the door of the ranch by a large...
Page 207 - Last night as I lay on the prairie And gazed at the stars in the sky, I wondered if ever a cowboy Could go to that sweet by and by . . . since the Leatherstocking Tales.
Page 106 - There was also a goodsized bunch of ponies and some work cattle and horses. These were kept for trading purposes. There were several Indian tepees pitched outside but near the corrals.
Page 66 - Bluff. Two miles west of these bluffs, standing on the south bank of the North Platte River, was Fort Mitchell, a two-company adobe post. Directly south of this, across the overland trail, stood the Mitchell 'Road ranch and stage station kept at this time by John Sibson. This will also be referred to later. Twelve miles west of this we passed Horse Creek ranch kept by Charles Blunt. Between Blunt's and Antone Reynolds' ranch, I remember making a drive late in the night.
Page 228 - ... in the middle of the night with a wagonload of men, sacks, barrels of water, plows, and all the cowboys he could mount. Putting the horses in lope they dashed out in the darkness to head off the fire. According to Bratt, the worst one he ever saw was in 1874 when fire swept over their range and the adjacent country from Plum Creek on the east to Julesburg on the west and from the Republican River north to the Platte. He was out with fifty men and a camp outfit over two weeks trying to stop it....
Page 83 - The pole was carried home and fastened somewhere in an upright position until the liver became as dry as a bone. The liver was...
Page 207 - ... that leads down to perdition Is staked and is blazed all the way. They say that there'll be a great round-up, Where cowboys like dogies will stand, To be cut by those riders from Heaven, Who are posted and know every brand. I wonder was there ever a cowboy Pepared for that great judgment day, Who could say to the boss of the riders, I am ready to be driven away.
Page 107 - I remember Brigham Young's sharing my bed for two nights. He was on his way to Salt Lake by stage coach and awaited the arrival at our ranch of a Mormon train that he had passed on the other side of Chimney Rock.
Page 106 - Infantry under Captain Hughes. One company had been mounted. His garrison was kept busy protecting the stage coaches...
Page 63 - Beers ranch, next the well-known Lou Baker road ranch and stage station, dreaded on account of its frequent Indian attacks. Mr. and Mrs. Lou Baker seemed to be out of place here. They were both so good and homelike. The best was never too good for any one who stayed at this ranch.

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