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6666: Portrait of a Texas Ranch

Wyman Meinzer; Henry C. Chappell; Foreword-Red Steagall

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ISBN 10: 0896725367 / ISBN 13: 9780896725362
Published by Texas Tech University Press, 2004
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Title: 6666: Portrait of a Texas Ranch

Publisher: Texas Tech University Press

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Good

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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.

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Wyman Meinzer, of Benjamin, is one of today?s foremost portrayers of the Texas landscape.

Chappell hunts and fishes all over Texas and the Southwest. His articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Gray's Sporting Journal, Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Red Steagall spent eight years as a music industry executive in California before deciding to dedicate himself to a career in recording, songwriting, television, and film that has spanned thirty-six years and has taken him around the globe. He was named the Official Cowboy Poet of Texas in 1991 and was inducted in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2004. A five-time winner of the Wrangler Award for original music from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, he was inducted into the Museum's Hall of Great Westerners in 2003. Steagall conducts business from Fort Worth.

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