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FOLK COLLECTION 11: The Skaggs Foundation Cowboy Poetry Collection

Date of Items: 1890-present
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams and Susan Gross, April 2004
Register Updated by: Randy Williams, 23 December 2009
Excel database transfered to MYSQL and uploaded (replacing PHP data): Colin Jackson, Fall 2010
MYSQL database updated: Randy Williams, January 2012
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Historical Note & Provenance

Folk Coll 11 is Utah State University's cowboy poetry collection. The collection, originally created by a generation donation by the L. J. and Mary Skaggs Foundation, includes books gathered during a fieldwork project in the early 1980s to document cowboy poetry in the U.S. west (see Folk Coll 11f). From this important fieldwork project came the impetus for the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in January 1985 in Elko, Nevada. Since that time, each January, the Fife Folklore Archives staff take the collection and Access database (that details each book, poem, author, first line and key words), to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for offsite use. Through University purchases and generation donations from poets and collectors, this collection continues to grow.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of books on cowboy poetry, including press and self published works. The collection can be accessed through USU Libraries online catalog.

As well, poem titles and keywords found in each book in the collection are included in the database below. To use, type in the search term. Tip: Try and use an uncommon word from the poem to ensure less "hits." For instance, if you enter "boots" you will get many hits; but if you enter "bones" you will most liley get fewer "hits" or poems and find the item you seek faster. To return to the search page, click "home" at the bottom of the page.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
1052 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 23 Wesley Beggs Twenty Years Ago I took a ride today, old Pard. fence, change, game, deer, elk, antelope, grass, sheep, longhorn steer, range, sheepmen, cattlemen, Redman, red man, Indian, Native American, white man, environment, Indians, nature, pollution, destruction, buffalo, Sitting Bull, Sioux chief, Wounded Knee, teepee, fences
1053 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 40 Wesley Beggs Leaving Deer Lodge Prison - narrative
1054 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 44 Wesley Beggs A Stampede in Texas We started from Mobeetie up to the northern range. cattle, Jim Ma Lange, cowboys, cattle trail, loyalty, kindness, nature, plains, flowers, mocking birds, dark cloud, thunder storm, rain, frisky cattle, steer, bronk, sunrise, death, trackless plains, sadness, broncho, longhorn cattle, pride, frontier men
1055 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 46 Wesley Beggs The Work of a Bad Cowboy Put on the blanket and saddle. whoop, yell, work, persuasion, human hell, interrupt sleep, midnight, sparkling goblet, red wine
1056 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 46 Wesley Beggs The Work of a Good Cowboy Go tell them the death cruel serpent. glow of the morning, chaps, Stetson, stray cattle, herd, coolies, washouts, windbreak, trail, bog-hole, young calves, drunken tribe of creation
1057 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 51 Wesley Beggs When Your Hull Begins to Roll. I said that I could ride him. steer riding, circus, wild steers, frantic recreation, longhorn steer, cinch, bronc busting, pitched, thrown, badger hole, Texas, hard rides, jackpot, tough animal
1058 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 67 Wesley Beggs To the Warden, Deer Lodge Would it be against the prison rules. request, verses, letter, wife, favor
1059 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 50 Wesley Beggs To My Indian Friends God made you my brother, in His own perfect way. reservation, past, old times, freedom, plains of the West, free Indian, confined, restriction, lack of freedom, suffering, greed, profit, injustice, buffaloes, slaughter, slay, wigwams, braves, elk, bear, Red Man, vanishing Indians, true, loyal, good Indians, bouquet, tender thoughts, Montana
1060 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 66 Wesley Beggs A Lonely Grave Out West A lonely grave, a sacred spot. Jim Bridger trail, death, grave, youth, boy, Indians, kill, slay, Red Man, arrows, blood thirsty Indians, father, lonely grave, grief
1061 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 65 Wesley Beggs Lines to a Prisoner Look up, my brother do not fear. endurance, hope, iron bars, grated doors, convict, shame, prison doors, clanking chains, lasting sting, pain, God, trust in God
1062 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 62 Wesley Beggs Hurrah for Old Montana Twenty Years Ago I want to tell you, Pardner. rangeland, Golden Treasure State, longhorn steer, shaky horse, Texas, cypress, pine, doggies, summer, winter, Dodge City Trail, fences, free delivery mail, farmer, chickens, turkeys, weavily wheat, Colorado, summer, winter, vast country, open country, jewel of the West, Nebraska, sandhill, harvest, grass, nature, open range, puncher, gem of the West, Bingen on the Rhine, warrior, Great Divide, buried in Montana, pines
1063 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 60 Wesley Beggs He Was Going Some for a Preacher I put my hat upon my head and walked out for a stroll. night, moon, cold, church, gifted preacher, perfect language, Lord, praise the Lord, hell, burning hell, wicked men, eternal seething flames, torture, torment, weak soul, devil, God, Bible, fearful punishment, love of God, eternity, heathen, harlot, revenge, hate, salvation, truth
1064 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 59 Wesley Beggs In the Bad Lands I used to love to ramble in the dreary old Bad Lands. lasso, saddle horn, Western hunter, rifle, antelope, buffalo pony, rein, ride, hunting, scamp
1065 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 57 Wesley Beggs A Hunk of That Old Pumpkin Pie I have wondered so far in my rovings. childhood, memories, joy, homestead, mother, happiness, gloom, sadness, boyhood, log cabin, apple orchard, summer, nature, cows, school, father, family, home, warmth, contentment, hope, duty, sad feeling, contentedness
1066 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 52 Wesley Beggs They Sent Me Right Over the Road My home now is here in prison. sorrow, barbed arrow, no pay, hard work, serving sentence, wife, love, grief, transgression, father, mother, childhood, memories, wild seed, marriage, sadness, heavy burden, banished, sinful, selfish, blindness, stripes, despair, loneliness, cellmates, pain, lost friends, prison cell, shame, children, mountains, troubles, distress, convict, prison wall, sore spirit, Lord, prayers, bitterness, punishment, criminal, rejection, sad tale, mercy, Savior, hope, Jesus, peace, poor health
1067 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 47 Wesley Beggs Go Chum with the Geysers Awhile You no doubt have heard of the Yellowstone Park. Wonderland, pride of the West, flaglets of beauty, wonders, nature, hot springs, mammoth hot springs, hot water, deep-heated water, vapor, steam, beauty, mountains, hilltops, rivers, rills, canyon, jewels, sapphires, diamonds, Yellowstone Canyon, wild water, foam, prison house, power of water, flowers, fern, cedar, human soul, impressive nature, solemnity, streams, snow, cataracts, The Giant, Old Faithful, Artemisia, The Fan, Fire Hole, Hell Hole, city, village, creeks, rivulets, picturesque scenes, trouble, sorrow, happiness, enjoyment, Angel of Peace
1068 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 68 Wesley Beggs That Old Sheepherder Man I want to tell you where I've been. range, sheep, herd, herders, dog, sheepdog, sheepmen
1069 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 70 Wesley Beggs Written in the County Jail at Big Timber, Montana Come all you Sweet Grass County boys. song, prison, Jake Lyons, jailer, turnkey
1070 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 72 Wesley Beggs To Ride Away Out West Come all you rambling Cowboys and a story I will tell. song, pen, jail, prison, Montana, R.R. Purcell, jury, Judge Henry, sentence, guilty, guilt, court, verdict, penitentiary
1071 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 76 Wesley Beggs The Gems of Old Montana 'Cause we live here in Montana. pride
1072 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 77 Wesley Beggs Indians' Story of Custer's Last Battle The Indians' story of Custer's fight has never been told in full. Sitting Bull, 1876, Big Horn country, Little Big Horn, Sioux, Indians, fight, Yellow Hair, Red Horse, Wounded Knee
1073 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 81 Wesley Beggs We Have Them All at Deer Lodge Talk about insurance agents. prison, penitentiary, jail
1074 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 84 Wesley Beggs A Notice on the Lone Cabin on Bridger Creek Well, boys, I have the cabin done. roof, Whiting's store
1075 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 85 Wesley Beggs When the Bronk Begins to Bawl It is out here in Montana, which we call the treasure state. bronc, riding, pitching, bronc riding, bronc busting
1076 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 87 Wesley Beggs How Are You Fixed for Straw? Reuben come to visit us. Deer Lodge, prison, jail, thief, steal, saddle