— CATTLE BARON OF ABILENE — An oversupply of Longhorn cattle drove prices to rock bottom in the 1860s. But businessman Joseph McCoy figured a way to help Texas ranchers send their herds East to satisfy a big demand for beef.
Following the Civil War, cattle prices on the frontier dropped to between three- and four dollars a head. Chicago buyers, on the other hand, were paying $30 to $40 […]
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Disregard for the law ran so deep in Abilene, Kansas, in the late 1860s, that whenever city officials posted ordinances, hell-raising Texas cowboys riddled them with bullet holes to make them illegible.
When Abilene officials tried to hire a city marshal, a man by the name of Tom Bear River Smith applied for the post, but got turned down.
Maintaining law and order proved almost impossible. Cowboys were disrespectful of […]
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