Ken Trowbridge recalls his years as a cowboy beginning at age 13 when his family relocated by wagon to Gooding, Idaho. He discusses the low pay, the hard work and long hours, and the isolation that most cowboys experienced. Trowbridge describes the clothes that most men wore and where they got them, noting that a proper hat and boots were important items. He also details the kinds of food that were served at the chuck wagon, recalling how his father worked as a cook for many years on cattle drives. Trowbridge talks about some of the men who helped him learn to ride, rope, and trail cattle, and tells stories about some of his friends and acquaintances. Trowbridge’s wife, Verna, contributes occasionally to the conversation.
Cowboys, Idaho; Ranch life, Idaho; Cowboys, Montana; Ranch life, Montana; Western United States; American West history; Cowboying; Cowboy life
Montana Settlers and Homesteaders Oral History Project, OH 052, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (29 p.: 28 cm.)
Trowbridge, Ken, "Ken Trowbridge Interview, May 3, 1981" (1981). Montana Settlers and Homesteaders Oral History Project. 5.