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With the lonely skies shoving down on his shoulders and the dust of a continent taking his throat he left his brand on the front tier of our history. I squinted ahead into savagery. Civilization dogging his heels and we give him to you who can take him straight. The American cowboy. Here it comes. It's a legend in the saddle of the pelting out of the past riding hard for the far future. Who is he anyway. A man. A Mustang all around Munster. Us Mr. Ware merrily folks just plain every day bow legged humans. Radio television the University of Texas presents the American Council. A series of programs reflecting the true place and picture of the significant historical figure this unique folk hero. The American cowboy has
produced and recorded by radio television the University of Texas under a grant from the National Educational Television and Radio Center in cooperation with the National Association of educational broadcast. Today programme number 5 cut his brush in black his beard and stand back feel a fear. It's the cowboy come to. Shine You have to take shape. Randy. Yes ma'am. Same for walk. Back that street on your side bitch commotion. You better take another couple of down is in your oak there that was a savage commotion you heard ma'am. There you heard are some good songs of the south
given to their rabbi Yeah. There they go. Look at a bunch of cowboys come to town to Baxter Springs or Dodge City or tombstone to El Paso or Cheyenne or Denver to Aguilar Sturges or Caldwell for the blossom famous the trailing towns after Joseph McCoy stood among the dozen log cuts of a small dead place called Abilene Kansas and tailored the first cow town to the Cowboys base you got water and we got grass and we got to Hannibal and St. Joe going to take our bees on into Chicago at low trouble and a good prize. Only one thing we need now we haven't got. Yeah as an office and a hotel and his cows cows rest of it doesn't bother me. We can have it standing here ready to go in 60
days. But you said you got to ride down into Indian country and get us some cows. You high tail it on down there and round up all the ones that are undecided about where they're heading with their cows and then you help them decide. See yeah I see they're headed to Abilene. That's where they're headed All right through the miles without any end in the days without any ages. Where do they come from and how long have they been on the way. In their book The American cowboy jobi friends and Julian Ernest Jr. look back down the old trails to give us some inkling of those answers. And Miles closer to market at the end of each day. Ninety days it took to get from San Antonio to Abilene five weeks from the Red River to the Kansas border. Six months from Texas to the high plains we and months along the trailer's sides of raveled out like
the strands of a torn rope or a piece of unhampered at a trail anywhere from 50 yards to two miles wide. A chocolate band threaded across a green prairie a trail without soil pushed lower than the surrounding country by this seemingly ceaseless pounding of thousands of sharks. The cowboy came to the cow towns in 1867 with the Civil War still fresh in their memories in 1877 with the marks of a score of drives stamped plainly in their minds and hearts and hides some subscribe to the same shoot'em up view of the cowboy we see so much today claim they came down like a wolf on the fold hoofs flying guns blazing. Can. You run even. That's seven years of pushing his little sister in a baby carriage and they
could not help it but there was no call for they come a tearing down the street on them horses liquored up and yell and await the day he was on a loop. We could cry warning that was just a spark. Well I'm telling you they did run down the street. They wouldn't for a fact and they demand to do it and they don't. Crew of men some even said the Cowboys were cruel mean and vicious but others said no not vicious hungry men like water while a dog is sending a river and just stomp Eden over everything to get there. Looks like the place. I don't be so aloof but a beehive painted on there. We ain't no BS No just well fellas said it had a funny sign over the door. Margery Dacre you never mind read. That's
good about drinking what is it. Well let's see now. In this hive we are all a lot of good whiskey makes us funny. Listen good. That's more like you make me funny and if you're dry rot I got dust kicked in and I got it. Step in and try the flavor of Armani. Well now what do you all say does that mean more to say. Cohen lets us book hahaha. And that's how they went through the swinging doors of the old adobe saloon. Or a thousand and one other palaces of glitter glamour and grab. And how did they come out. Read the Ford County globe Dodge City Kansas June 13th 1882 and there are nice folks such as you might meet anywhere. Most of the taxes through drovers are in the city and a jolly set of holes sold fellows they are always ready to make a Cowdray. MARGAN times Fort Morgan Colorado January 29 three thousand eighty six.
And there the familiar untamed Mustangs of the wild wild west telegraphic brevity's nine Cowboys visited the town of Burlington taxes and after becoming crazed with liquor succeeded in terrorizing the populace during the entire night Deputy Sheriff cool with a posse succeeded about daylight and driving the Russians from the town killing four of their number and five horses in a running fight. The Denver Republican Denver Colorado March 27 1893 and a new picture of the cowboy emerges. Sir Galahad Minnie MADDERN who makes her initial appearance at the TABOR Grand Opera House next Monday evening was the heroine of quite a thrilling adventure during her Texas tour. It wasn't an interior town where the festive cowboy flourished even as a green bay tree and has an occasional panic when it strikes his erratic fancy that mismeasure new health to a crowded house as Chip bearing.
The play progressed without a special interest until the steamboat scene in the third. Ship is discovered that she has overheard that the steamer on which her benefactor is bearing the papers to a place of placing a paedo in the channel directly in the way of the coming ship is armed with a pistol. And nerving herself and aims at the machine hoping my well shall we. The whistle of the approaching and soon the sound of escaping feet and the splash of the river break. There were the sounds ringing out on the night and soon the bow of the bell rings expect the audience cheers for the testing. This particular occasion the cockroach would be asked to be seen
in the audience. Oh boy was that yellow little bit more than man had been the devil to pay. And so this kind of thing will never happen again. You. Know I take it little Gary. And you won't be taking chances with them. I can tell you that there's a Z. There's little doubt that the cow town was a far cry from the cattle trail rough and sperry's they may look to us now. Those front tire towns had sights and sounds and music. They had lights and movement and people and this could be an intoxicating thing to men whose ears were rubbed raw with silence.
Then the stage was set for those exuberant Follies which could prove mighty lively or highly did. We cut our teeth on the daily one. But we don't see much of those that were just pure frolicsome like the cowboy at the skating rink and Cheyenne Wyoming. Try me a set of them roller son and talk to them once for luck. Let's do Mr No right. But where I come from I don't mean that shit. Let Mr you know break is broken yet and I wrote a lot worse things than them skates. You're just proud of your job partner and cent stamp things on tight cowboy you know. Now open the shoe let it rip. I've busted Brock's from cut hand to Creel and I don't know what. The.
Some of the shenanigans were out and out you're a foolish man but others by design or accident or just downright fatal. He's dead all right. Bored right through the forehead but I didn't go to you all seen it I just Roney for being rigged out so proper in the stove pipe lid with these handy. I know these head games up so high and the blamed thing. Dude I never see nobody get up like that before. From to your triad cowboy Caltrain kowtow Dr Joe friend says in his book. If the place setting of the cowboy can be narrowed to two locales. Those locales belong to the trails from Texas. The little front to mind across the board known as Kansas. The trail gave the cowboy the stature of a heroic front to the cow town at the end of the
trail gave him a bad reputation which in the long run brought him his much fame in appreciation as his more heroic quality. The Trail Town and the cowboy. Are inseparable. Cowboy I come to radio television the University of Texas has brought you program number five of the American cowboy. Today's broadcast is based on source materials from the Texas collection of the barker History Center and the western publications True West and frontier times edited by Joe small. A bibliography is available on request. The American cowboy is directed by Bill Burke from Scripps by Mary Dee Benjamin under the supervision of Robert F. shank producer Arsene or.
Original music by Eleanor page. Student production assistant Allen fate. Now writer is Horton Smith. Daniel Langfield speaking. Cowboy come to town was produced and recorded by radio television at the University of Texas under a grant from the National Educational Television and Radio Center and is being distributed by the National Association of educational broadcasters. This is the N.A. E.B. Radio Network.
The American cowboy
The cowboy comes to town
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This program focuses on the cowboy's preferred recreational activities.
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Documentary series on the American cowboy, produced by the University of Texas.
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Announcer: Langfield, Daniel
Composer: Page, Eleanor
Director: Burke, Bill
Narrator: Smith, Horton
Producing Organization: University of Texas
Producing Organization: KUT (Radio station : Austin, Tex.)
Writer: Benjamin, Mary D.
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Identifier: 61-51-5 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
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Duration: 00:14:17
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