Ken Trowbridge Interview, May 3, 1981


Ken Trowbridge


Jo Rainbolt



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


Cowboys, Idaho; Ranch life, Idaho; Cowboys, Montana; Ranch life, Montana; Western United States; American West history; Cowboying; Cowboy life

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Settlers and Homesteaders Oral History Project, OH 052, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 052-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (29 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:32:00 minutes

Local Filename

OH_052_003.mp3; OH_052_003.pdf

Ken Trowbridge Interview, May 3, 1981