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Robert Kelsey Wylie (The Forgotten Cattle King)


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       Title: Robert Kelesy Wylie (The Forgetten Cattle King)

       Author: Clifford R. Caldwell


  • This book is a revised second edition
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  • Those who were alive during the last half of the 19th century witnessed the largest migration of hooved mammals in recorded history...and it all began in Texas. The first major cattle drive took place in 1846, when Edward Piper drove 1,000 head of cattle north to Ohio. The last major drive took place in 1893, when John Rufus Blocker and his brothers took 9,000 head of cattle up the Western Trail to Deadwood, South Dakota. Historians and authors have chronicled the lives of dozens of cattle kings of the era including Richard King, Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, C.C. Slaughter, Dennis O'Connor, John Chisum and Mifflin Kenedy. Unfortunately, the stories of other, equally intrepid stockmen and pioneers like Robert Kelsey Wylie have gone unrecorded. Wylie cut his teeth as a cowman, at a time when cattle raising in Texas was a fresh new enterprise. When free grazers moved their range to Central Texas, Wylie carved out a niche for himself along the Colorado River in what would later become Runnels County. He was a pioneer trail driver, captaining the first herds west to New Mexico. When rustlers threatened his livelihood along the Pecos River he stood side by side with John Chisum and fought back valiantly. As new rangeland was opening up in the Panhandle and the Trans-Pecos regions, Wylie was once again among the first to risk life and fortune taming a wild new land. Unlike his compatriots, Wylie embraced sheep ranching and pioneered a large scale operation near Van Horn in Culberson County, Texas. Wylie's story is one of bravery, determination, vision and generosity. It is a story that needs to be told.


  • Clifford Caldwell began the project of writting a concise, factual interpretation of the people , places and events of the Lincoln County War.
  • This revised second edition contains some additional material, source citations and a variety of photographs.
  • The book has been signed by the author: Clifford Caldwell

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