About this book
First published in 1980, this classic description of the cowboy life by master storyteller John Erickson is now back in print. His observations about the Crown Ranch in particular, and the cowboy lifestyle in general, are filled with humor as well as pathos. Erickson describes the ranch, individual cowboys, roundups, wild cattle, and horses."Along about five o'clock in the afternoon, when we were so sore and exhausted we wanted to drop in our tracks, we kept ourselves going with nothing but pride and stubbornness and will power. We taunted each other. We teased. We invented and bellowed lunatic songs at the top of our lungs. I offer the following as an example of our doggerel. This verse, one of many which spring from our fogged brains, celebrated the villain for whom we were working, ranch owner and 'trail boss' Lawrence Ellzey:The trail boss's orders inspire us with fear. He don't pay no wages but he furnishes beer. Two six-packs a month and a kick in the rear, Yippie-ti-yi-yo, what am I doin' here?"
2 stars about some ranch/cowboy history of tx/ok panhandle area. 4 stars when the author is telling stories about horses. 3 total. one of the best books about modern ranching in panhandle. also one of the only books, so not much competition.