Southwestern Classics On-Line | Lone Star Junction


compiled and edited by J. Marvin Hunter

Introduction to Online Edition

The Trail Drivers of Texas is a collection of narrative sketches of early cowboys and their experiences in driving herds of cattle through the unfenced Texas prairies to northern markets. They are true narratives told by the cowpunchers who experienced the long rides.

In total, there are more than 300 independent narratives contained in Trail Drivers, a book of over 1000 pages. The writers of these narratives represent only about one percent of the cowboys who rode the trails to deliver some five to ten million head of cattle between the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century.

The volume is edited by J. Marvin Hunter and published under the direction of George W. Saunders, president of the Old Time Trail Drivers' Association. This on-line version is based on the second edition originally printed in 1925 by Cokesbury Press.

Unlike other on-line books presented by Lone Star Junction, this edition retains the pagination found in the original 1925 printing. Thus, the indexing and formatting are also somewhat different than our other on-line books. To maintain an overall perspective of the book layout and flow, it is recommended that two windows be used on your computer (one for the master "Contents" page below and one for the narrative section in which you are reading.

Lone Star Junction wants to especially thank William Greer for providing the scanning and proofing this on-line version. We hope that you enjoy the narratives.

Above Image: George W. Saunders,
President and Organizer of Old Time Trail Drivers' Association

Beginning of Original Text

Contents Foreword
Pages 001-027 Pages 028-056 Pages 057-095 Pages 096-119
Pages 120-149 Pages 150-199 Pages 200-227 Pages 228-259
Pages 260-287 Pages 288-316 Pages 317-359 Pages 359-396
Pages 397-425 Pages 426-455 Pages 456-478 Pages 479-526
Pages 527-540 Pages 541-554 Pages 555-570 Pages 571-594
Pages 595-623 Pages 624-634 Pages 635-660 Pages 661-683
Pages 684-699 Pages 700-711 Pages 712-729 Pages 730-759
Pages 760-771 Pages 772-794 Pages 795-810 Pages 811-828
Pages 829-850 Pages 851-894 Pages 895-921 Pages 922-942
Pages 943-953 Pages 954-973 Pages 974-1019 Pages 1020-1044

Southwestern Classics On-line | Lone Star Junction