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6666: Portrait of a Texas Ranch

Chappell, Henry and Wyman Meinzer

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ISBN 10: 0896725367 / ISBN 13: 9780896725362
Published by U.S.A.: Texas Tech University Press, 2004
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Nice clean tight copy. Charcoal colored cloth binding is clean with silver lettering to spine. DJ has some very slight shelf wear. 160 pages. Color photos on nearly every page taken by Wyman Meinzer. Foreword by Red Steagall; After- ward by Mike Gibson. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14754162040

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Title: 6666: Portrait of a Texas Ranch

Publisher: U.S.A.: Texas Tech University Press

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Four Sixes is not a relic, showpiece, or preserve. It’s a working cattle ranch, some 290,000 acres of West Texas prairie carefully used. Here, men still earn their livelihoods on horseback, not out of blind adherence to tradition, but out of necessity. Since Samuel “Burk” Burnett began buying rangeland in King County in the 1890s, his cowhands have relied on methods developed by early vaqueros and refined on the great trail drives. In managing cattle, these methods are still the most efficient and humane. Spurs, broad-brimmed hats, and scuffed and patched boots are not fashion statements but essentials—as are loyalty, toughness, and resourcefulness, traits still common to those doing dangerous work in remote country.Perhaps, though, the Four Sixes’ greatest legacy is the land itself. Across four generations, foremen have striven to nurture and restore, to leave a healthy range. That stewardship has produced some of the richest, most ecologically diverse grassland found on the Southern Plains today.Meinzer and Chappell’s defining study of the Sixes’ heart, soul, and heritage illuminates and spellbinds, teasing out a continuum that reaches out to and claims us all with rich lessons in give and take, need and nurture, enterprise and farsightedness.

About the Author:

Henry Chappell has written two novels, The Callings and Blood Kin, and an essay collection, At Home on the Range with a Texas Hunter. His work has appeared in Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Texas Highways, and Texas Parks & Wildlife. He lives with his family in Plano, Texas.

Wyman Meinzer, official photographer of the State of Texas, has published more than fifteen books, including Windmill Tales, Great Lonely Places of the Texas Plains, Desert Sanctuaries: The Chinatis of the Big Bend, and Canyons of the Texas High Plains.

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