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Cattle Trail Cowboys Traveling Trunk

Seventh Grade

Learn how Kansas towns, Texas entrepreneurs, railroads, and young men seeking work and adventure all came together to create one of the most well-known periods in our nation’s history. In 1866 over 200,000 head of cattle traveled hundreds of miles north out of Texas on the start of their long journey to markets in the eastern United States. Texas ranchers, Kansas cowtowns and railroad companies all prospered.

What was life like on those cattle drives?  How did young men survive hours in a saddle and months on the dusty trail? What kind of danger lay ahead of them as they started up the trail? Students explore those questions and more as they examine cowboy gear, listen to a folk song, and read the words of the cowboys themselves.

Contents of Trunk

Trunk Specifications

Weight: 29 lbs.
Dimensions: 24" x 20" x 13"
Insure for $500 when shipping

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