History: The 76 Ranch on the Powder River: Part 1

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

History: The 76 Ranch on the Powder River: Part 1
By Herbert O. Brayer

‘Seventy years ago, on July 27, 1880 a trail herd if 2,500 Oregon bred cattle was slowly wending its way across the rolling, sage covered hills of southwestern Idaho enroute to still virgin ranges on the Powder River in Wyoming. The days had been hot, dry, and dusty and the herd was a malingering one. The ‘punchers were tired and irritable. The stench of the herd was oppressive, and the ever present dust could which rose over the backs of the plodding cattle and hung motionless over the trail for a mile behind the last “drag” caked on their sweat-wet shirts and coated their faces lifeless grey.’

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