Cowboys Needed for Hire!
For the rancher, Morgan Dunahoo.
Skills & Knowledge Needed
Responsibilities & Duties
You will need to be the caretaker for the cattle. You need to feed them and keep them healthy. You will also need to use the tools made by the Mexican Cowhands. You will also need to take care of the cattle in the open range. This land is owned by the government so you need to be careful on it. You will have to go on the long drives, or traveling, with the cows. You will need to use the Chisholm Trail, that extends from Texas to Kansas. You will also need to brand my cattle. You need to do this to tell which cattle is mine on the long drives and in the open range. You will not lose any of my cattle and there will be no mavericks.
Letter Home from the Chisholm Trail
L I L beef camp Sept the 6th, 1886 (letter is postmarked Haskell, Texas)
Mrs. Mollie Robinson dear ones
It is with a sad heart that I embrace the present opportunity of writeing you a few lines. I have got no work yet. Tandy and Tyson have both made me a kind of a promise to go to Kansas but the country is over run with hands nearly as bad that down there. The herd will start by the 15th and if I don’t get work by that time I am comeing home. I don’t know how we will make out but I guess there will be some way provided. Will has not got back yet. He was talking of going by home. I wish I could see you and the dear little ones this morning. I think it would beat lying around here all day.
There is some pretty country here and good land and some as rough as I ever saw. Buster looks awful bad. I don’t think I will bring him back. I have not heard from you since Ma left there. I hope poor little Oscar is well. Well I have no news. I will close. Your loving husband, C. S. Robinson
Challenges & Obstacles
You might encounter Native Americans along the Chisholm Trail. You will have to learn to talk to them and convince them to let you go forward. You might also have to deal with barbed wire on the open ranges. It is hard to move cattle through barbed wire. You might have to go around the open range where barbed wire sections off the land.
Benefits of Working For ME
You will get to see different parts of the United States. Some places along the Chisholm Trail have beautiful sights. You will also get to learn more about yourself. On the long drives, you will have lots of time to think. You will also gain knowledge and get stronger due to the strenuous stuff you do.