Rollie Burns: or, An Account of the Ranching Industry on the South Plains (Paperback)

Rollie Burns: or, An Account of the Ranching Industry on the South Plains By W. C. Holden, David J. Murrah (Foreword by) Cover Image

Rollie Burns: or, An Account of the Ranching Industry on the South Plains (Paperback)

By W. C. Holden, David J. Murrah (Foreword by)

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In 1925, when Rollie Burns turned sixty-eight, like many old-timers he decided it was time to write down his reminiscences of a long, full life on the West Texas plains. Born in 1857 in Missouri, he had been brought to Texas by his parents about the beginning of the Civil War, and he grew up near Denison, then the only shipping point on the cattle trail north and a fascinating place for boys who were to become cowboys. One month short of his sixteenth birthday Burns ran away from home to join a scouting expedition to the Texas Panhandle, and by the time he settled in the Lubbock area in 1881, he was an experienced buffalo hunter, scout, and bronc buster.

But it was as a cowboy and rancher that Rollie Burns made his reputation, and in these pages, a republication of the original 1932 edition, noted West Texas historian W. C. Holden tells Burns's story of a life filled with adventure. Here are scenes of cattle drives, rough towns, Indians, lobo wolves, double-dealing cattlemen, and all the other fabulous events, critters, and characters that made West Texas a legendary place.
 DAVID J. MURRAH is well known as a historian of West Texas. A native of Gruver, located in the Texas Panhandle, Murrah has authored or edited six other books, including C.C. Slaughter: Rancher, Banker, Baptist and Lubbock and the South Plains: An Illustrated History. He currently serves as senior historian for Southwest Museum Services in Houston and makes his home on the Texas coast in Rockport.
Product Details ISBN: 9781585440559
ISBN-10: 1585440558
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2000
Pages: 254
Language: English
Series: Southwest Landmark