Cowboys

Lightning flashed, thunder rolled, the cattle were restless and the cowboys worked hard to settle the herd to keep them from stampeding.  This was a common occurrence on the trail up from Texas to the mouth of Ash Hollow.

 

The Bosler Brothers and Company were one of the first ranches north of the North Platte River.  They ranged from Browns Creek to Blue Creek and north to Bronco Lake where Alliance is now situated. They ranged about forty-five thousand head of cattle.

In December of 1884, the Ogallala Land and Cattle Company was organized.  This was when they bought out the Bosler Brothers and Company and other small ranchers on the north side of the North Platte River.  This outfit was operated by three foremen:  Dick Bean from Blue Creek east, Mac. Radcliffe on the south side of the river and Gene Hall from Blue Creek west.  This outfit branded into one of the biggest outfits in the Northwest, their books calling for seventy-seven thousand head of cattle.

Our outfit drove the cattle and remuda up the Western Trail from Texas through Ogallala to the mouth of Ash Hollow.  The trail boss says when we are done here on July 21-23, 2017, we’ll load our food, equipment and bedrolls in the chuck wagon and the cattle will be pushed across the river to the ranch east of Blue Creek in charge of Dick Bean.

While at the mouth of Ash Hollow, the cowboys are going to build corrals to ride bucking horses and rope and brand calves that were born on the trail from Texas.  Cowboys will teach people how to make a rope and use it to rope calves.  Our Chuck Wagon cooks will offer up samples of camp-fire cooking to show how we ate on the way up from Texas.  Our Blacksmith will do demonstrations.  We will also show people how to saddle and bridle their horse.  The cowboys want all the farmers and ranchers from all surrounding communities to come and burn their brand on the sides of our wagon.

The cowboys are also hosting a dress-up contest for kids from 0-12 years old.  There will be three classes:  0-4, 5-8, and 9-12.  Kids are encouraged to come dressed up like Cowboys and Cowgirls, Pioneers or Settlers, Mountain Men or Fur Traders, Soldiers, and Indians.  Prizes will be awarded for the best costume in each class!

Last but not least, the cowboys will be singing and telling stories around the camp fire in the evening when they’re not on guard duty.  Come by and join all the fun and activities, and sing along.

 

For more information or to volunteer in the Cowboy area, please contact Aaron at (308) 778-6227 or tlobner3@gmail.com.

 

 

Schedule of Events

July 21st

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ropemaking and Roping Lessons

Roping Demonstrations

Demonstrations on How to Saddle and Bridle a Horse

Open-fire Cooking and Baking Demonstrations

Blacksmith Demonstrations

10:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. / 3:30 pm.

Roping and Branding Calves

11:00 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. / 4:30 p.m.

Bronc Riding

4:00 p.m.

Dress-up Contest

Evening

Cowboy Stories and music around the campfire

 

July 22nd

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ropemaking and Roping Lessons

Roping Demonstrations

Demonstrations on How to Saddle and Bridle a Horse

Open-fire Cooking and Baking Demonstrations

Blacksmith Demonstrations

10:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. / 3:30 pm.

Roping and Branding Calves

11:00 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. / 4:30 p.m.

Bronc Riding

4:00 p.m.

Dress-up Contest

Evening

Cowboy Stories and music around the campfire

July 23rd

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ropemaking and Roping Lessons

Roping Demonstrations

Demonstrations on How to Saddle and Bridle a Horse

Open-fire Cooking and Baking Demonstrations

Blacksmith Demonstrations

10:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. / 3:30 pm.

Roping and Branding Calves

11:00 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. / 3:00 p.m. / 4:30 p.m.

Bronc Riding

4:00 p.m.

Dress-up Contest

Evening

Cowboy Stories and music around the campfire