Head 'Em Up and Move 'Em Out

Jim Gray
Missouri Valley Sundays
Cowboy historian Jim Gray, executive director of the National Drovers Hall of Fame in Ellsworth, Kansas, recalls the early days of ranching and cattle driving and the challenges involved – from abominable weather to stampedes – involved in getting beef from the trail to your plate.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Program: 
2:00 pm
The early days of ranching and cattle driving required stamina and determination. Hundreds of miles on the trail brought a drover into contact with all that nature could throw at him – lightning, flooded rivers, hail, and tornadoes, atop the problem of stampedes – and there was little choice but to face those elements head on in getting a herd to market.

Cowboy historian Jim Gray, a sixth-generation Kansan who is executive director of the National Drovers Hall of Fame in Ellsworth, recalls the demands of the day, relating a story of cowboys, cattle, and getting beef from the trail to your plate.

The event coincides with the exhibit Cattle, Cowboys, and Culture: Kansas City and Amarillo, Building an Urban West, running through March 18 at the Central Library.