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By John R. Erickson

Panhandle Cowboy is the vintage description of cowboy existence via grasp storyteller John Erickson. His observations concerning the Crown Ranch particularly, and the cowboy way of life in common, are full of humor and pathos as Erickson describes the ranch, person cowboys, roundups, wild farm animals, and horses. Panhandle Cowboy is a precious addition to the literature, lifestyles and lore of the yank cowboy. The Midwest booklet evaluation, March 14, 1999. James A. Cox, Editor. "Panhandle Cowboy is a delicate, admirable straight-forward ebook in regards to the texture of recent cowboying within the Oklahoma Panhandle. those honest and affectionate descriptions of lifestyles and paintings in that serious locale serve to augment an previous aspect: that complication and possibility are woven deeply into the allure of cowboying. usually as no longer the weather themselves offer all of the difficulty that anybody may possibly good wish. may still the elements take place to be cozy, animals or the farm animals industry will give a contribution the trouble. during this one regard cowboys resemble barren region Arabs; their top features are solid through severe stipulations. improve or suburbanize a Bedouin or a cowboy and flavor, power, and experience of craft are quickly misplaced. continue them out the place the winds blow, the sands typhoon, and the animals face up to all moderate attempt they usually stay impressive workmen, alert, funny, and subtle." --Larry McMurtry

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So he roped the blind steer and was trying to get him headed toward the house. Now, a calf with two good eyes will naturally run away from a horse, but one that is blind is unpredictable. He might go anywhere. Before Tom knew what was happening, the blind calf had cut back on him and run under Rusty's belly. When the rope went tight, the bronc in Rusty came boiling to the surface. He went berserk and started bucking. Every time he bucked, the rope pulled tight against his legs and belly. In this kind of storm, a cowboy has three options: he can try to stay aboard and get control of his horse; he can whip out his pocket knife and cut the rope; or he can bail off and try to get away from horse, calf, and that deadly rope between them.

We drove up into the Oklahoma Panhandle, sixty miles northeast of Perryton, and looked it over. The ranch was located in the sandhills, fifteen miles northeast of Beaver, the county seat of Beaver County, Oklahoma. These sagebrush-covered hills are part of a large formation that begins some twenty miles west of Beaver and runs all the way to Woodward, Oklahoma. For a hundred miles along the course of the Beaver River, the sandhills begin at the flood plain on the north bank and extend four to seven miles to the north, rising two or three hundred feet above the level of the river.

It was in this lovely wooded valley that Bob Maple, Mark Mayo's grandfather, established the headquarters for his ten-thousand-acre YL Ranch back in the 1890s. Page 26 When I first saw the place in 1974, Mark and Billie Mayo and their three children lived in a large two-story house (the original ranch house plus additions and improvements), and the Hagars lived in a small white house fifty yards to the north. East of Mark's house stood a magnificent red brick barn built in 1944, with seven horse stalls, a saddle room, and a grain room on the ground floor, and a hay loft on the second level.

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