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eBook Cattle Towns (Atheneum Paperbacks; 166) ePub

by Robert R. Dykstra

  • ISBN: 0689702531
  • Category: Americas
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Robert R. Dykstra
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Atheneum (July 1976)
  • ePub book: 1401 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1358 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 687

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In The Cattle Towns, Robert Dykstra demonstrates how five Kansas towns-Dodge City, Ellsworth, Caldwell, Abilene, and Wichita-developed through a complex set of conflicts that bred progress.

In The Cattle Towns, Robert Dykstra demonstrates how five Kansas towns-Dodge City, Ellsworth, Caldwell, Abilene, and Wichita-developed through a complex set of conflicts that bred progress. Instead of adding to the frontier myth of wild and violent cattle towns, Dykstra builds upon studies of urban history and applies them to the developing frontier to create a local, social history that has national relevance. Success or failure of a town depended on a number of variables including location, promotion, and people.

Dr. Dykstra, taking umbrage, has moved through the years 1867-1885 in five ""frankly ambitious frontier settlements,"" and has plowed up enough evidence in the social, political, economic, etc. areas to state with confidence that instead of the traditional view of conflict hindering progress, one should brace conflict with cooperation on an equal basis. Conflict, Dykstra insists was ""normal. a format for community decision. A shift in focus that just might-in an undoubtedly popular our chaotic.

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Dykstra, Robert R. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, . The story of five Cattle Towns, Abilene, Ellsworth, Wichita, Caldwell, and Dodge City. Six-Guns 656, Six Score 35. Condition: Near Fine Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory 899. Ask Seller a Question. Bibliographic Details. Title: The Cattle Towns. Publisher: Alfred A. Publication Date: 1968.

Cattle towns were midwestern frontier settlements that catered to the cattle industry. The economies of these communities were heavily dependent on the seasonal cattle drives from Texas, which brought the cowboys and the cattle that these towns relied upon. Cattle towns were found at the junctions of railroads and livestock trails

By Robert R. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1968.

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Roru Roru
“The Cattle Towns” by Robert R Dykstra

This is a very clear-eyed look at the five most prominent “cattle towns” during our famous Western “Cattle Drive” Era: Abilene, Ellsworth, Wichita, Dodge City and Caldwell, all in Kansas.

It shows that the cattle towns were born of sheer entrepreneurship and lived and waned according to the financial and political winds of the railroads and packing houses. All this took place at a time when Government corruption, State, Territorial and National, had already been refined to an Art.

Beyond that, this book shows well the faces of the people – the real people: real railroaders, real “cowboys”, real “cattle barons’, real prostitutes, real townsmen, real “sodbusters”, real sheriffs – the whole Motley Crew. It also debunks long-standing myths about crime and gunfights, bigger-than-life characters and and the 20-year reign of the cattle drives in general.

It’s an interesting and entertaining read for sure.
Yndanol Yndanol
In The Cattle Towns, Robert Dykstra demonstrates how five Kansas towns--Dodge City, Ellsworth, Caldwell, Abilene, and Wichita--developed through a complex set of conflicts that bred progress. Instead of adding to the frontier myth of wild and violent cattle towns, Dykstra builds upon studies of urban history and applies them to the developing frontier to create a local, social history that has national relevance.

Success or failure of a town depended on a number of variables including location, promotion, and people. Location as related to the county center, railroad lines, and especially for this study, cattle trails, played major roles in determining town futures. Advertisements in newspapers located between the Kansas cattle towns and the source of the cattle herds in Texas lured the trail drivers north. The most important element in the future of the cattle towns, however, was the local population.

Although the town newspapers often gave the impression that residents of the town and surrounding areas spoke in a unified voice, that was usually not the case. Disagreements between businessmen and rural folk, ranchers and farmers, natives and foreign-born, and reformers and vice practitioners were frequent. Dykstra contradicts earlier studies that claimed successful town development on mutual cooperation and shows how progress was made through such differences.

The differences over town policy provided a forum for area residents to discuss the future vision of their town. Whether the discussion was over alcohol, gambling, prostitution, or the movement of the splenic flu deadline, the result was an exchange of ideas focused on improving the town. Town businessmen, for example, sympathized with the reformers who sought to improve the moral values of the town by eliminating vices, but not at the financial cost of losing the trail drivers who were attracted by such vices and spent their funds liberally throughout town.

Due to the advancement of technology and the progression of settlers into the once open Kansas frontier, the cattle towns shifted their focus from cattle to the more consistent industry of agriculture. The westward movement of settlers altered the routes of cattle drives away from towns like Abilene and Dodge City and railroads continued to expand their coverage, removing these towns from the cattle industry. Despite the moral vices that accompanied it, the cattle industry between 1867 and 1885 helped provide an immediate economic base that developed towns and laid the groundwork for future success.

Utilizing information from period newspapers, letters, maps, government documents, and previous studies, Dykstra creates a well-written study that explores urban aspirations and rivalry in a frontier setting. By examining the motivations of individuals and groups in the cattle towns, Dykstra has made a valuable contribution to town building on the changing frontier.
Darkshaper Darkshaper
Purchased as found reference to book in Google Books but I could not print from that site. Interesting but probably only for historians or genealogists wanting background information on people who lived during that time.
Hiylchis Hiylchis
My son was thrilled with my purchase. This is one of the books on his must have list that gives
history into our family.
Negal Negal
tells of the kansas cattle towns, in the american west. the settlers, townspeople, dairy farmers and their conflict with the cattlemen, who lived there.