“Dodge City, Kansas”

“Dodge is the Deadwood of Kansas” (Hays City Sentinel in the late 1800s) In 1865, Fort Dodge was established near the present site of Dodge City. During these rough times, the pioneers were often attacked by marauding Indians. Fort Dodge offered protection to the wagon trains from the Indians in the area, provided mail service and served as a supply base for troops engaged in the Indian Wars to the…

Trail’s End

Trail’s End For over 20 years after the Civil War, cowboys drove herds of cattle along all landscapes and through all sorts of weather, from the Texas grasslands north to the railheads in Kansas. At the end of the trail lay the infamous cow towns, proclaimed to be the “Sodoms of the plains” by many, places such as Abilene, Hays City, Wichita, Ellsworth and Dodge City. After as many as…

Cattle Drives

Cattle Drives There was a great demand for meat in the northern and eastern parts of the United States after the American Civil War. It’s estimated that at this time there were over 5 million Longhorns in Texas. The cowboy’s job was to take part in cattle drives where the cattle were driven from Texas to the railroad cow towns of Ellsworth, Abilene, Dodge City, Wichita and Newton. The cattle…

THINGS THE OLD COWBOY DON’T LIKE! Part three

I don’t smoke. Never have. Don’t really like to be around a smoker. But I sure don’t like the government telling folks where they can smoke or not smoke. GRRRR! Then on the other side of that. I can’t understand the person that smoked for forty years and now they’re suing the tobacco company because they have lung cancer. Nobody made you smoke, DUMMY! GRRRR! I was pastor of a…

THINGS THE OLD COWBOY DON’T LIKE! Part Two

I used to burn my trash in a barrel in my back yard. Didn’t hurt nobody. Saved me having to pay to have it hauled away. The larger stuff I loaded on a trailer and hauled to the dump located a few miles away. The city annexed the property where I’m located, so I can’t burn my trash on my own property. The dump where I used to take my…

THINGS THE OLD COWBOY DON’T LIKE! Part One

THINGS THE OLD COWBOY DON’T LIKE! Every time I go to the doctor’s office I’m greeted by the receptionist, the nurse, the doctor or anybody that sees me with “How are you?” I wonder if I had a two inch gash in my arm, would they still ask. “How are you?” GRRRR! The dentist has both hands in my mouth and wants to have a conversation with me. GRRRR! I…

The Old Cowboy’s Trip to Austin Part Seven

When the dinner was over, I followed behind the two young ladies that I came here with. No chance of getting lost if I follow them. I told them goodnight and went into my small room which cost a large price, took a shower and crawled into that bed which looked so inviting. Who orders pizza at three thirty in the morning? If somebody doesn’t answer the knocking on the…

The Old Cowboy’s Trip to Austin Part Six

My friend said, “I was getting worried. I tried calling you.” Well, this old cowboy has refused to get a cell phone for years, but I figured I needed one for this trip. (That’s another story) Anyway, my friend and I sat down at a table and after much difficulty, she said, “I think we have my phone where I can call you. Yes, she fixed it with me sitting…