6666 Portrait of a Texas Ranch

Meinzer, Wyman and Henry Chappell

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Hardcover. Large, oblong,(coffee-table size) near folio. 157pp. Tight. Foreword by Red Steagall, Afterword by Mike Gibson. Signed Presentation copy to "Roberta" by Meinzer and dated year of publication. No other names or markings. Beautiful D/j with just a vert tiny edgetear, else Fine in Near Fine D/j in jacket protector. Note: The accompanning image has been slightly cropped due to scanner limitations. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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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Title: 6666 Portrait of a Texas Ranch
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
Publication Date: 2004
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