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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
Linear Feet:20


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.


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Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
22662 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 14 George Rhoades Farm For Sale The old h andbill tattered and faded; Memories across my mind paraded, Recalled a time and told the tale, Proclaimed for all "Farm for Sale."
22663 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 24 E.J. Kirchoff Elimination of the Family Farm Old Bill let out a snort that You could heard a mile away. "Sure raises up your dander What some fellers have to say," Said Old Bill as he found his Climax.
22664 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 17 George Rhoades Guns Tex was an avid gun collector, Various pistols and rifles galore, Colts, Smith and WEssons, Remingtons, Plus a special group of rare handguns
22665 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 25 E.J. Kirchoff The Rose Bush This feller was complainin'. Said, "This life is sure the pits. The trouble found in livin' Is enough to give ya fits. "I've got to where I even hate to wake up of a morn,
22666 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 18 George Rhoades Horseback Ridin' Horseback ridin', studies show, Is really great, don't you know.
22667 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 19 George Rhoades How Hot and Dry Was It? We was settin' around the campfire, The herd all quiet and bedded down, Shootin' the breeze like cowboys do, Listenin' for nightriders to circle round.
22668 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 28 E.J. Kirchoff Sunset Settin' on my saddle pony Watchin' of the settin' sun That's sinkin' down behind the hill. Another day is done. In flaming, brilliant color Spread across the western sky Is a master piece of painting Fit to dazzle any eye.
22669 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 29 E.J. Kirchoff First Heavy Frost It sure is thick this mornin'. Heavy frost that's snowy white. The water trough has crust of ice That froze there in the night. This sure will heighten color To the leaves upon the trees.
22670 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 30 E.J. Kirchoff The Fender Bender We're there in Wilbur's stable. Old Bill says, "Old Smokey here From time to time now likes to have His little shot of beer.
22671 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 32 E.J. Kirchoff Hen in a Whirlwind It raced across the barnyard. Spinning dust and bits of straw. An old hen busy scratching Was filling up her caw.
22672 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 34 E.J. Kirchoff Irrigation It's been a long old season Movin' sprinklers every day. Irrigatin' pastures And the meadows growin' hay. It's something needed doin' so's To make alfalfa grow
22673 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 21 George Rhoades In the Nursing Home Poppa, you'll like it here Inside the nursing home Now that Momma's gone And you're livin' all alone.
22674 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 23 George Rhoades In Troubled Times In troubled times Like these today, We need to remember The Cowboy Way.
22675 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 25 George Rhoades Isabella Isabella cried and cried The day he rode away To join the cattle drive Headed north that very day.
22676 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 27 George Rhoades Jesse I think that it's kinda funny, Or with at least a bit of irony, That Jesse Chisholm never knew His name would be forever linked to The greatest cattle trail of them all.
22677 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 28 George Rhoades Maggie Belle and The Yeller Moon Saloon Maggie Belle was a buxom gal, Flame-haired and eyes of green; She ran the Yeller Moon Saloon On a dusty street in Abilene.
22678 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 31 George Rhoades Mesquite All o'er the Southwest You'll find tough things With horns and thorns and claws and fangs.
22679 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 34 George Rhoades Monument Hill Monument Hill, Old memories still Linger there Fillin' the air. Maybe 'tis true That places do Absorb sensations.
22680 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 35 George Rhoades My Daddy Is A Cowboy She was just barely three, Holding to her mother's hand, Blue eyes lookin' up at me At the museum's front door stand.
22681 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 37 George Rhoades Not His First Rodeo The cowboys were leanin' On the rodeo arena gates When up drove this old truck With New Jersey license plates.
22682 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 41 George Rhoades Old Men At the Coffee Shop Pickups out front in a row, Like horses tied to the rail, At the little country diner Slightly off the beaten trail.
22683 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 43 George Rhoades Old Sam and Penny The old cowboy, Sam was his name, Used to ride his paint horse, Penny, Around the community farm to farm Visitin', talkin', friendly as can be.
22684 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 45 George Rhoades Ole Red And The Lawman She was wild-eyed and mean, And we called her Ole Red-- Rangy, rawboned and lean, Wicked horns on her head.
22685 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 49 George Rhoades Restin' Place I came up from South Texas Where the bluebonnets grow, Followin' the longhorns north Swayin' in the saddle to and fro.
22686 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 50 George Rhoades Scatter My Ashes Scatter my ashes along the trail, Let hte prairie winds blow free, Let the rain and sun, snow and hail Come down over me.