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Old 11-10-2018, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default Anyone know of any other longtime cowboys on big TX ranches?

Tom Blasingame died at age 91 while still cowboying on the JA Ranch in TX. I think he may have started riding horses at age 8. He worked for his dad prior to leaving home to cowboy on many large ranches and not just in TX.

What about old cowboys on the Waggoner, 6666, Pitchfork, Y.O. & King Ranch?

Anyone know?
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Old 11-11-2018, 12:44 AM   #2
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Tom Blasingame died at age 91 while still cowboying on the JA Ranch in TX. I think he may have started riding horses at age 8. He worked for his dad prior to leaving home to cowboy on many large ranches and not just in TX.

What about old cowboys on the Waggoner, 6666, Pitchfork, Y.O. & King Ranch?

Anyone know?
There was a big coffee table-style book written on this subject a few years ago with profiles and tons of pictures. Unfortunately I don't recall the author or name of the book. I browsed through it at a bookstores few years ago and I wish I had bought it. It gave the history of all the major Texas ranches. Texas Monthly did an article a few years ago on old cowboys. You might check their website and see if they index the articles so you can search. Around 2014-2015 I believe.

You might also look up Russell Graves. He used to be big into ranch photography and may give you some info.

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Old 11-11-2018, 10:47 AM   #3
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I believe there is a book about the cowboys in the Waggoner!
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:56 AM   #4
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Here is a link to the book
http://waggonercowboys.com/

Here is a video about making the book
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FxDPHaZ9nzc
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Thanks guys. I’ll check those out. I never had time to stop at the museum in Vernon.
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Old 11-11-2018, 12:20 PM   #6
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Here is another. Bob Moorhouse did the photos for the book. He comes from a family of longtime cowboys on some big ranches.
https://www.amazon.com/Pitchfork-Cou.../dp/1569442142
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Old 11-11-2018, 01:05 PM   #7
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This is my grandfathers family linage. (LW Archery also) There are still Cowden's ranching to this day.

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Here is another. Bob Moorhouse did the photos for the book. He comes from a family of longtime cowboys on some big ranches.
https://www.amazon.com/Pitchfork-Cou.../dp/1569442142
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This is my grandfathers family linage. (LW Archery also) There are still Cowden's ranching to this day.

Very nice. Thank you.
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Old 11-10-2019, 12:26 AM   #9
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There are quite a few in the panhandle. I know of one who is in his late 90's that still participates(albeit less than he used to) in work around his ranch. It's normal to see him help medicate or brand. He occasionally still hops(with some help) on a horse and runs a calf down. I know of another that is probably only 25 miles from the first who is in his mid-80's and still team ropes. He still participates in a large way in his ranching operation. Both men grew up on and now own their family ranches where most of the money comes from oil and gas, so they naturally haven't worked as hard as folks like Tom who worked daily as a hand for somebody else, but regardless it is amazing to see these old guys still at it.
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Old 11-10-2019, 06:47 AM   #10
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I ve got the coffee table book, The Cowboys of the Waggoner. We share 3-4 miles of fence with them on our lease. We have talked with a couple of the younger cowboys while they were riding the fence on horseback looking for cows or fixing fences in a truck. Pretty cool to hear some of their stories. If you go to our west fence line were it meets the Waggoner. There is one guard light that you can see in the distance in a westerly direction.It is at the pasture cowboys house. He told us it was 7 miles from the FM road to his house. Pretty cool these days being out at our place sitting and thinking about the stories and history that come from big spreads like that.
Wyman Meinzer is a long long time wildlife and cowboy photographer. He lives in Benjiman. I follow him on the book of faces. He has cool stuff all the time about the big spreads and his adventures. You could friend or follow him there.

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Old 11-10-2019, 07:29 AM   #11
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Does the book only cover Waggoner ? I guess a previous post makes it sound like it may encompass stories of the other ranches as well? Does it even matter? Prolly will pick it up.
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Old 11-10-2019, 07:37 AM   #12
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If someone thinks of or finds the name of the book with multiple ranches and cowboys please share it. Iím not far from the JA so I would love to read it.
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:04 AM   #13
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If someone thinks of or finds the name of the book with multiple ranches and cowboys please share it. Iím not far from the JA so I would love to read it.
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:53 AM   #14
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I own two ranches that border the Wag, each one shares 1 mile of fence,I have seen the cowboys a few times, saw the helicopters many times helping round up the cattle. My partner has been doing rock work for the new owner for over a year, they quarried all the stone from the ranch and have built or redone a magnificent hunting lodge, he is taking me for a tour next week, can't wait. Maybe I will get to meet a few of the Cowboys.

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Old 11-10-2019, 10:00 AM   #15
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The owner of the ranch I hunt on works for the Briscoe family, and his dad and grand dad did as well.
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Old 11-10-2019, 02:06 PM   #16
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Old 11-11-2019, 03:28 PM   #17
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I own two ranches that border the Wag, each one shares 1 mile of fence,I have seen the cowboys a few times, saw the helicopters many times helping round up the cattle. My partner has been doing rock work for the new owner for over a year, they quarried all the stone from the ranch and have built or redone a magnificent hunting lodge, he is taking me for a tour next week, can't wait. Maybe I will get to meet a few of the Cowboys.
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Old 11-11-2019, 05:01 PM   #18
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CRYIN' FOR DAYLIGHT, written by Louised S. O'Connor is a great book about the cowboys and history of the O'Connor ranch and ranching the Coastal Bend.
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Old 11-11-2019, 05:14 PM   #19
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6666 - Boots O'Neal...


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Old 11-11-2019, 05:19 PM   #20
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"6666: portraits of texas ranch" is really cool book too --- its on my coffee table
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Old 11-11-2019, 06:10 PM   #21
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"6666: portraits of texas ranch" is really cool book too --- its on my coffee table


I also have this on my coffee table along with some of the Time/Life books. ďThe RanchersĒ is a favorite.



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Old 11-11-2019, 06:26 PM   #22
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Iím going to have to pick some of these books up
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Old 11-11-2019, 06:32 PM   #23
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There a lot of ranching history at the Rocker B.


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Old 11-11-2019, 07:02 PM   #24
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The Rooke ranch in Refugio had a cowboy/ranch manager that was born and raised on that ranch. Hugh Thomas was his name and he died March 2018 at the age of 88. He was working on the ranch to nearly the day he died.
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Old 11-11-2019, 07:27 PM   #25
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Old 11-11-2019, 08:51 PM   #27
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Hunted the Lamshead ranch for ten years. Some great books about that ranch and Watt Mathews.
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