Chrisman Collection

Harry E. Chrisman, former Liberal author and historian, donated a large collection of his writings, photographs, and other items to Liberal Memorial Library for the purpose of research. This database searches the contents of the Chrisman Collection.


Call No: P453-D1a2

Description: Trail herds

Date of origin: unknown

Type: Print

Size: 5 1/8 x 7

Condition: Excellent


[back] Cow camp of cattle outfit on the Cimarron, N.M. ; CREDIT DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY WESTERN HISTORY DEPARTMENT PHOTO BY Kirkland, Cheyenne, Wyo. [Kirkland, Cheyenne, Wyo. is crossed out] REPRODUCTION OF PRINT IS SUBJECT TO USE FEE ORDER # 03632 ; NOTICE THIS MATERIAL MAY BE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT LAW (TITLE 17 U.S. CODE) ; Cowboys (prints) ; F26325 ; Return To HARRY E. CHRISMAN 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [Return To HARRY E. CHRISMAN 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 is circled]
[note] Q. How big was a “trail herd” of cattle, and how many riders and others did it require to move them?
A. Trail herds were of various sizes, from a herd of 500 or 1,000 head to those larger herds that came from Texas to Montana, 2,500 head to 3,000 head. Seldom over 3,000 head per herd. It took a dozen men to properly move them to market, or railhead. 1. The Boss Man. 2. A cook. 3. AWrangler for the horse herd of sixy-seventy head. 4. Nine cowboys to drive the cattle, if a large (2,500-3,000) herd. The [insert mark] TV outfit in New Mexico above, has 10 riders, plus the cook, and a cavvy of about 50-60 saddle-horses.
—Denver Public Library Photo.


Miscellaneous Info.:

Photo is of 10 men standing or sitting on horses. There are tents or tepees behind them. Behind the tepees are a herd of horses and a wagon. There appears to be a lake or some body of water behind the horses. One horse is standing in the water. There are a herd of cattle on the opposite side of the water.

Other Info.: “The 1000 Most Asked Questions about the American West”

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Subject: cattle, cattle trail, Cimarron, cowboys, horses, New Mexico, tents, Wagons,