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Dakota Pathways Episode 18 - Cowboys of the Open Range

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Date Created 11/12/2010 5:41:04 PM
Grade Level 3-5
Category Social Studies

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During the late 19th and early 20th Century, as South Dakota grew, first as a Territory and later as a State, there was a major attraction drawing people to the region, other than gold. The vast open prairies of western South Dakota were ideal for raising cattle. In the early days it was the open range, unfenced and vast, that attracted a unique breed of men: Cowboys. Even after the fencing of the plains with the invention of barbed wire, the cowboy life was to continue. This episode looks at the life of the early cowboys on the open range and shows how it helped to make us the state we are today. (chuckwagon, grass, hay, bail, barn, winter, blizzard, brand, fence, cow, graze, molasses, herd, Kyle Evans, Philip, Lemmon, Murdo, grama grass, wheat grass, cattlemen, Grand River, Moreau River, Belle Fourche River, Cheyenne River, Bad River, Native American, Indian, reservation, 1902 Roundup, water, market, Bonanza, devils rope, rodeo, wrangler, night hawk, herder, slaughter, Joseph Glidden)

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