Trails, Rails and Cowtown Tales Vocabulary

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Barbed Wire ›

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

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Bill Picket ›

The famous African American cowboy who invented bulldogging.


Branding ›

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

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Chisholm Trail ›

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

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Chuck Wagon ›

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

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Drag Rider ›

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


Drover ›

One who drives cattle or sheep.

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Flank Rider ›

A cowboy who rides to the side of the herd.

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Fort Worth ›

The city with the only registered cattle brand.

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Frederic Remington ›

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

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Justin Boots ›

A famous company that makes boots in Fort Worth.


Longhorn ›

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

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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.

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Swift and Armour ›

The meat packing company that was housed in the Stockyards.

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Texas Pacific Railroad ›

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

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Texas Tick Fever ›

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

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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.

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William Jenkins Worth ›

Considered to be the “Father of Fort Worth”.


Wrangler ›

The cowboy in charge of the remuda.