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The great Chisholm Trail turns 150

The Chisholm Trail was finally closed because of the proliferation of barbed wire that closed  the vast grazing lands in Texas and became a barrier to following original trails… Its legacy, however, lives on. South Texas, its large and small … Continue reading

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Native Americans Loved Private Property

Appealing as this image of a Native American environmental ethic is, it is not accurate. With the War of Yankee Aggression being the first, the propaganda camp version of the history of America’s Western Frontier is the second most lied … Continue reading

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Why early New Mexico turned from cattle to sheep

via Richard Beals Blog The premier New Mexico historian Marc Simmons wrote recently in the Santa Fe New Mexican. The story of the beginnings of New Mexico’s livestock industry is preserved in long-buried Spanish documents, found scattered in the state’s rich archives. … Continue reading

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