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Chapter 8 - Livestock and the Open Range, 1850 - 1887


Online textbook: Chapter 8 - (.pdf)

Worksheet 1: Cause and Effect - (.pdf)

Worksheet 2: Using Song as a Primary Source - (.pdf)

Learning from historical Documents

"Cow tales," by Georgia Reichert as told by H. J. Rutter, Poplar, 1931

Letter from Albert Ronne to James Fergus, from Chinook, November 1892

Interesting Links

Explore Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site, which was once the headquarters of a 10-million-acre cattle empire.

View the photographs of L. A. Huffman, who documented life on the open range.

Tour Legends of Our Time: Native Ranching and Rodeo Life on the Plains and Plateau, an online exhibit created by the National Museum of the American Indian.

Discover what life is like for sheepherders today.


Detail, Cheyenne Cowboys, William Gollings, Montana Historical Society Museum

For Educators