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W. C. Holden

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ISBN 10: 0876110235 / ISBN 13: 9780876110232
Published by Texas State Historical Assn, US, 1970
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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Inscribed by author. Pages are clean, no marking from previous owners, text has no markings, binding is square and tight. Light wear to cloth at spine ends and edges. Text block is clean. DJ has small creases and closed tears along edges, spine ends and corners. Bookseller Inventory # 84977

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Publisher: Texas State Historical Assn, US

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: By author

Edition: First Edition

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When the Texas plains country was opened to the advance of the first cattlemen, among the ranches which grew up along the advancing frontier were several large, foreign-owned enterprises. The activities and the orientation of such ranches differed in many respects from those of their locally owned neighbors. In this detailed study of all aspects of the operation of one such ranch, Dr. William Curry Holden adds to our knowledge both of the frontier and of the livestock industry. Expanding his examination far beyond the material covered in his earlier book, The Spur Ranch, he describes the geological conditions which made ranching possible along the Caprock and the problems and ingenuity involved in acquiring a large body of land for that purpose; business practices and techniques for caring for the animals and land; the personnel-their characteristics, their problems, their habits, and their social life; relations with neighbors; trail drives; predatory animals; and weather.

Students of Texas history and those interested in ranching will find this book a helpful source of information. Business historians will also find its wealth of meticulous detail useful, particularly those historians who are interested in the wave of foreign speculation through which so many Europeans sought to make their fortunes during the latter part of the nineteenth century.

W. C. Holden brought to the writing of his study of the Espuela land and Cattle Company (better known as the Spur Ranch) a wealth of knowledge about the geographic region and about the early history of West Texas ranches. A professor of many years' standing at Texas Technological College at Lubbock, he served as chairman of the Department of History, Sociology and Anthropology, Dean of Archaeological and Social Science Research, and Dean of the Graduate School.

About the Author:

Jane Holden Kelley, a professor of archaeology at the University of Calgary, is the author of "Yaqui Women: Contemporary Life Histories" (1978), also a Bison Book. Her father, William Curry Holden, a trained historian and anthropologist, met the Yaqui narrator of this chronicle, Rosalio Moises, in 1934. They remained close friends until Moises's death in 1969.

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