Trailing a herd of buffalo across Montana one afternoon, an excited future President, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, turned to a companion and exclaimed, "By Godfrey, this is fun!"
He was all guts. He proved that rounding up and driving large herds of cattle across rough and unfamiliar country.
Bad weather, bandits, and Indians made it difficult, Texas longhorns made it near impossible.
The longhorns were the meanest, said Roosevelt. They moved into brush, waited for a rider to approach, then charged him with those horns.
The only way to round up the critters was to wait for nightfall when they came out of the brush to drink, then race to cut them off and rope them.
The more adventurous cowboys took care of that, but it sometimes meant 24-hours in the saddle.
Thanks to the chuck wagon, the invention of trail blazer Charles Goodnight, the boys ate well. Beans and coffee were the staple, of course. Beans and coffee were easy to store. But a cow could be slaughtered on the trail for meat and an inventive cook could make Sonofagun Stew out of the innerds and come up with biscuits, bacon, potatoes, maybe even some fresh eggs.
Sourdough cinnamon rolls were a treat. Fried cakes were available if everybody got along. Fried cakes with a sprinkling of sugar.
Code of the Cowboy