Wayward West
Author: Don Fraser


They came by the thousands, first there were the hunters and trappers that sold animal hides to the Indians, They sent word back to the east that there was enough grass in the valley’s to feed all of the horse and cattle in the world. And the west was abundant with water. They came, the cattle ranchers they came to a place that had no fences, A man could be free there. Then came the dirt farmers, they gathered in Missouri, to form a train of wagons to protect themselves from the wild Indians. They crossed deserts and climbed mountains to get to the fertile valley’s of the west. And when they arrived, the cattlemen burned their houses and barns down. They needed each other, the farmer and the rancher, the farmer would grow food for man and beast, the rancher would supply horses to plow the fields and pull the wagons, But yet they fought. These were the pioneers of the west.

The west became what is today, it only took one hundred short years, now there is Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas. San Antonio. The list goes on.

So here’s to those pioneers of yesteryear, they not only built the west. But they made America stronger.


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