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Roundup in Musselshell County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Cow Country

 
 
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Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 17, 2021
1. Cow Country Marker
Inscription.  In the `880s, days of the open range, may a roundup outfit worked this country. The spring roundup gathered the cattle in order to brand and tally the calf crop. The fall roundup gathered beef critters for shipping.
An outfit consisted of the captain, the riders, the "reps" from neighboring ranges, the cave or horse herd in charge of the day herder and nigh hawk, the four horse chuck wagon piloted by the cook and the bed wagon driven by his flunky. Camp moved each day.
The cowboys rode circle in the morning, combing the breaks and coulees for cattle and heading them toward the central point to form a herd. In the afternoons of spring roundup the guards kept the herd together, the cutters split out the cows with calves, the ropers dabbed their loop on the calves, took a couple of dally welts around the saddle horn and dragged 'em to the fire. There the calf wrestlers flanked and flopped them and the brander decorated them with ear notches, or dew laps, and a hot iron. It wasn't all sunshine and roses.
 
Erected by Montand Department of Transportation.
 
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Cow Country Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 17, 2021
2. Cow Country Marker
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Location. 46° 26.196′ N, 108° 33.856′ W. Marker is in Roundup, Montana, in Musselshell County. Marker is on U.S. 12 near Horsethief Creek Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16825 US Highway 12, Roundup MT 59072, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 27, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Jan. 30, 2023