Myths, tall tales and some truth
The lone, rough and ready cowboy of Hollywood and paperback fame is a far cry from the hardworking men who drove cattle across the great plains of North America. The golden age of the cowboy only stretched 30 years or so from the end of the American Civil War (1861–1865). The invention of barbed wire, the fall in the number of herds and a new ranching system drove the cowboys into becoming ranchmen. At most there were around 50,000 cowboys, including many Indians and Mexicans. As a matter of interest, it was the Mexican herders who introduced the lasso to the cowboy culture. Visit our Wild West Show and sit back and enjoy spectacular stunts, amazingly-fast horses and some great action.