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Seven Journeys in the American West

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6.The Cattle Trail
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1879

A cowboy remembers the days of the great cattle drives, and the transformation of the western plains into a cattle kingdom. (8 mins)

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1. How the Cattle Trail was born in the years after the American Civil War.
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2. Teddy Blue Abbott - the cowboy's story.
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3. The drover's life, driving the longhorns north out of Texas. A life of dust and sweat.
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4. To the stockyards in Abilene, Kansas - and the end of the Cattle Trail.
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5. Teddy's last drive, to Montana - exchanging the life of a drover for the life of a rancher.

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Fort Worth Stockyards are worth a visit. They lay on cattle drives for tourists, and the drovers hired to stage the event are great value; they know their history and ooze Texan pride. And thankyou also to Steve Murrin at the Westfork Ranch, Texas, for allowing to film the herds on his land.


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The final sequences were filmed on the 3-Deuce Ranch, just east of Lewistown, Montana. The ranch is still owned by the Abbott family, and we filmed there as the guests of Darrell Abbott, a Vietnam vet who kept us entertained with a fascinating account of his family history.

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