One Useful Rag

cowboygears2-blogA cowboy in the old west wasn’t dressed until he tied on his kerchief. That little piece of cloth had so many uses: A dust mask when herding cattle; protection from sunburn; an earmuff in cold weather; a towel; a hot pad for a campfire pot or branding iron; protection from snow blindness, and it could be a tourniquet or sling if need be.

By the way, according to “The Old West Quiz & Fact Book,” cowboys really did sing to cattle at night, to calm them down. Favorite tunes? “Old Dan Tucker,” “The Texas Lullaby,” “Nearer My God to Thee,” “The Old Time Religion,” “In the Sweet By and By” and “Jesus, Lover of my Soul.”

Related Posts

  • Battle of Platte Bridge Station 150th anniversary

    Western roundup of events where you can experience the Old West! ART SHOWS Calgary Stampede…

  • vasquez-blog

    Tiburcio Vasquez was—and is—regarded as a freedom fighter to at least some folks.  But his…

  • davycrockettgrave

    David Crockett tried to live down the reputation of his kinsman and namesake of Alamo…