Cape Town, South Africa
The amazing Texas Longhorn was born lean and mean, and he tasted the same.
Americans during the post-Civil War years were starving for beef; the conflict had depleted the supply. Folks were willing to eat just about anything.
As the years went by, though, they began to demand a tastier beef than Longhorn, with more fat. That’s when cattle like the Hereford and Durham were imported from the United Kingdom.
If you want to learn more about the Longhorn, I suggest you read J. Frank Dobie’s fine books, The Longhorns and A Vaquero of the Brush Country.
Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen; The History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.