Buffalo Wranglers

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

Joseph McCoy had tasted success when his “cattle depot” at Abilene, Kan., attracted 35,000 head of cattle in its first months of operation. That was 1867. Prospects for 1868 were promising indeed.

Eager cattle buyers filled Abilene’s only hotel, Drover’s Cottage, a full month before the cattle began to arrive in the spring of 1868. Cattlemen barely had time to locate their herds on the prairie before they were inundated with buyers. The 1868 cattle trade opened lively and at good prices.

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