Trails, Rails and Cowtown Tales Vocabulary

Barbed Wire ›

A metal fence that is used to keep cattle from wandering out of a ranch area.

Bill Picket ›

The famous African American cowboy who invented bulldogging.

Branding ›

The act of marking an animal’s hide for identification.

Chisholm Trail ›

The trail that moved cattle between Abilene, Kansas and Fort Worth, Texas.

Chuck Wagon ›

A wagon that carried food, supplies, and cooking equipment on the trails.

Drag Rider ›

A cowboy who rides at the rear of the herd to keep it moving.

Drover ›

One who drives cattle or sheep.

Flank Rider ›

A cowboy who rides to the side of the herd.

Fort Worth ›

The city with the only registered cattle brand.

Frederic Remington ›

The artist whose sculptures depict the “wild rides” of cowboys.

Justin Boots ›

A famous company that makes boots in Fort Worth.

Longhorn ›

Long-horned cattle of Spanish derivation formerly common in southwestern U.S.

Point Rider ›

A cowboy who rides at the front of the herd on a cattle drive.

Railhead ›

A railroad at which traffic may start or stop.

Remuda ›

The name of a group of horses that are used as reserve on the cattle drive.

Spain ›

The country where longhorns originated.

Spurs ›

Used to pierce the side of a horse to get them to move faster.

Stockyards ›

A place where livestock are penned before they are slaughtered or shipped.

Swift and Armour ›

The meat packing company that was housed in the Stockyards.

Texas Pacific Railroad ›

The name of the railroad that caused Fort Worth to grow at a fast rate.

Texas Tick Fever ›

The disease that caused the cattle drive era to end in the Stockyards.

Trail Boss ›

The cowboy in charge of all other cowboys and cattle on the trail drive.

Turnstiles ›

Used to keep cattle from wandering out of cattle pens at the Stockyards.

William Jenkins Worth ›

Considered to be the “Father of Fort Worth”.

Wrangler ›

The cowboy in charge of the remuda.