Ride a fast horse

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
The Way West

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1892, dawned as a cold fall day in Ford County, Kan. Farmers were planting wheat in spite of ruinous prices for the abundance they had grown the previous season. East of Dodge City, in Spearville, Kan., most everyone was driven indoors except those who needed to be out of doors. Even so, three riders did not go unnoticed as they confidently rode in from the north around 2 p.m.

Like sports cars of today, one could not fail to notice the horses the strangers were riding. The first was described as a “rangy sorrel thoroughbred animal”. The remaining two horses, a bay and a dun, also “showed evidence of running stock”. The three riders leisurely pulled up and dismounted in the street. Two of the men handed their reins to their comrade and briskly walked away.

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