American Cowboys for Kids and Teachers Illustration

Cowboys in the Old West for Kids and Teachers

In the American West, the period from 1866 to 1886 was the era of the cowboy. A cowboy needed a rope, a horse, a gun, and incredible courage. It was a dangerous job, yet many thousands of men became cowboys. Some came west because they read about the romantic life of a cowboy in the dime novels popular back east. But what was a cowboy's life really like? What did they eat? What did they wear? What did they do all day? What was a dogie? Find out here!

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