Author GP HUTCHINSON

2016 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Winner

Author GP HUTCHINSON - 2016 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Winner

The American Cowboy: Two Different Pedigrees

I’m painting with a broad brush today as I share these fun facts about the cowboy of the 19th century American West, but did you know that, in the heyday of cowboys and cattle drives, two distinct cattle culture traditions developed side by side?

"HerdQuit" by Charles Marion Russell - Uploader took photo at museum. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - Wikimedia.org

“HerdQuit” by Charles Marion Russell – Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – Wikimedia.org

There were the cowboys of Texas heritage, of course, many of whom were unemployed Civil War veterans who heard that there was lots of free beef on the hoof down in the Lone Star state and a huge demand for it on the depleted tables to the north and east. Then there were the buckaroos who came up via the California vaquero tradition. Continue reading