Springtime on the chuck wagon trail.
We love western artwork, and love to share it when possible. We are trying to make sure we attribute the artist, because by golly, they deserve the praise both legally and morally. Here is one found on the internet that made us happy, simply because one of our winter projects has been watching all of the Deadwood series. Tough job huh?
The New Year is traditionally a time for fresh starts, celebrations, resolve, and deep breaths. Let the future come, we are ready for it.
Our life here at Lost Creek has changed; we have moved, we have retired, we have added more chuck wagon teaching to our roster, are heading back into the world of commerce for J Ts goods, we have made a commitment to dedicate ourselves to a bit of growth, and we hope to always improve, always inspire,always kick out and move!
We wish for you the same, A year of blessings and aspirations, a year of positive change and love.
From Lost Creek to You! Happy Tidings and Great Cheer!
In Texas, prior to the civil war, cattle ran free range. During the war many of the ranchers headed out to fight, and then returned, after the war, to discover millions of wild longhorn cattle roaming the prairies, and desserts of Texas.
Needing a way to get these cattle to a rail head in Kansas, where they could be sold for a decent profit, ranchers with names like Goodnight, Loving,Ackly, and Chisum rounded up thousands of these wild beef at a time, branded them, and headed them north in a 900 mile drive. The cattle trails stretched for a over 2 miles, and were managed by a crew of about 20 cowboys, a trail boss, a wrangler or two and the inevitable, cranky, and multi-talented cookie with the chuck wagon.
An estimated 25,000 to 35,000 men trailed six to ten million head of cattle and a million horses northward from Texas to Kansas during these years,
This amazing era of cowboy-dom, lasted about a meager 20 years, ending with the advent of fenced prairies and homesteaders, yet the legends and history of the trail drive years launched thousands of stories that capture our attention for all time