Texas Longhorn True West MagazineHow tough was Longhorn meat?

Brian Hoare
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 marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu.


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