“‘Boy, you brought this trouble on yourself,’ the captain shouted, shoving the teenaged stowaway into the arms of two sailors. ‘Take him below to shovel manure!’ It was 1876, and the two rough men hauled the struggling youth to the bowels of the ship. There was no turning back to port for this English cattle ship, so sixteen-year-old Harry Haythornthwaite of Lancaster, England, crossed the Atlantic cleaning the stalls of the bulls bound for Texas. He did his job well, and when the bulls were off-loaded in Galveston, Harry went with them. His care of the imported animals impressed the Texas cattle buyer, who hired Harry on the spot to continue his work with the bulls. Over the next eight years, this Englishman would become a real cowboy, hiring on with wattle drives from Texas to Kansas and the Great Plains. At age twenty-four, Harry pocked his life savings and tied all his earthly belongings on his horse for one final drive to Ogallala, in the heart of the Sandhills country of Nebraska.”
– Jim Keen, Great Ranches of the West Author & Photographer
This beautiful award-winning 12×11 fine art, hard bound, coffee table book featuring over 30 ranches in 17 states with nearly 600 photographs will make a wonderful addition to any home or office, and be a showing of your support for America’s struggling farm and ranch families.