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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
22687 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 51 George Rhoades Sounds Of the Trail Sometimes late at night When the wind blows just right Across the ridge through the trees Sounds come driftin' with the breeze.
22688 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 52 George Rhoades Thank God For the Grass Plains, bluestem, short and tall, Alfalfa, bermuda and Johnson, too, Grasses of all kinds and shapes More than enough for a harvest crew.
22689 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 54 George Rhoades The Cowboy Way We've all heard about The Cowboy Way: Stand yer ground, don't give in, Do the best with what you've got, Tall in the saddle, loyal to a friend.
22690 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 55 George Rhoades The Devil And the Fast Gun Albert Fink was a cattle rustler, A petty thief and a cheap con man, And sometimes a crooked gambler Way down along the Rio Grande.
22691 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 58 George Rhoades The James Boys' Buried Treasure Rumors and legends abound About treasure hidden away In the granite-clad Wichitas, Still unfound to this day.
22692 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 61 George Rhoades The Newspaper The old newspaper has shut its doors, Closed, out of business, rest in peace, Silent after all these years, Empty building marked, "For Lease."
22693 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 63 George Rhoades To Ride The River With "He'll do to ride the river with," The highest praise to be paid, A phrase that's part of cowboy myth, A compliment, the best accolade.
22694 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 66 George Rhoades Up The Trail One More Time "I want to go up the trail once more," The old cowboy said, "And do it all before They shut 'er down for good. I want to ride the brush, roundin' up longhorns.
22695 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 67 George Rhoades Willie Sid The Fastest Gun You've heard of Billy the Kid, Sam Bass, Frank and Jesse James, But have you heard of Willie Sid, The fastest gun on the Plains.
22696 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 69 George Rhoades Wire They rolled him out into the sun By the wall at the nursin' home; His mind wandered and he babbled About old days bein' free to roam.
22697 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 73 George Rhoades Anger Anger came upon me today. It didn't come on little cat feet; It burst full-blown, and on its way Brought heat and a faster heartbeat.
22698 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 75 George Rhoades At Wal-Mart On the bench at Wal-Mart, Watchin' people come and go, Pushin' carts packed with stuff That must really make them grow-- 'Cause some of 'em, more'n a few, Grown so much they're big as two.
22699 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 76 George Rhoades Black Widow I bent to turn off my water valve, Lifting the lid and reaching down, When I was startled by hangin' there A black widow spider shiny and round.
22700 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 78 George Rhoades Brother David Brother David was a righteous man Who preached the gospel to one and all, With shouts and cries and tearful prayers, Pleading for sinners to obey the call.
22701 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 79 George Rhoades Casino Don't you understand? I can win it all back On the very next hand. But you've lost the rent, And the grocery money, too. Your paycheck is spent.
22702 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 80 George Rhoades Change Bein' old and set in my ways, There's some things I don't care for-- Cell phones, computers and such I find mighty easy to ignore.
22703 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 81 George Rhoades Chewin' and Dippin' She said, "I've had enough Your chewin' tobacco And dippin' snuff. The spit cans have to go. Those habits are vile, I can't stand it anymore. You've gotta quit, or I'll Be goin' out the door."
22704 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 82 George Rhoades Culture "The only culture here is agriculture," the back-East visitor had to say. "There's no art that's mature, And certainly no opera or ballet."
22705 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 83 George Rhoades Drink He was drinkin' Lone Star In a dark Fort Worth bar; Wasted, he said, I've wasted my life, Lost my job, family, and wife.
22706 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 35 E.J. Kirchoff Autumn Fog The sun is a silver disc on high Through a blanket of fog against the sky. And here below through its misty veil The trees on the hill are but shadows pale.
22707 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 37 E.J. Kirchoff Turned Free I don't know why I loved her. But I did with all my heart Altho' I knew our love was doomed To failure from the start. For we were of two worlds apart. The two could never mix.
22708 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 38 E.J. Kirchoff Out of Step This old boy's hell for braggin'. What he has is always best. While braggin' o nhis own he Will belittle all the rest. He always hhas the biggest Calves at weanin' time each fall. Some of those record setters Tho' sure look almighty small.
22709 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 41 E.J. Kirchoff At the Auction Just settin' here a-lookin' And a-guessin' at the weights Of the different kind of critters As they're run in thru' the gates. A-listenin' with enterest To the chantin' auctioneer
22710 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 43 E.J. Kirchoff Prairee Mother's Lullaby Prairee mother croons at eve To her baby dear Whil out across the rolling plains Daddy's riding near. And when the sun has gone to rest Painting western sky You'll hear singing soft and low Her prairee lullaby.
22711 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 45 E.J. Kirchoff At the End of the Trail A buckin' bronc turned over On a slipper moutain side. And we gathered up a cowboy That had made his final ride. We took him to the ranch house. With his wife there by his bed, He looked at her and smiled. And these words he softly said,