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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
23413 The Last Roundup FC 11 B-61 19 Wilbur P. Ball The Roundups of the 1890's Prose: Andy Ross, a neighbor who owned the Seven Cross Ranch three miles north of Briggsdale, Colorado, from 1917 to 1942, was foreman for one or more of the Colorado Roundups
23414 The Last Roundup FC 11 B-61 25 Wilbur P. Ball The Prairie Fire Prose: There was a big spring on Gerry Creek located wouth of the Price homestead in the open, unfenced Section 23, Township 11 North and Range 64 West. It was an excellent watering place for range cattle,
23415 The Last Roundup FC 11 B-61 27 Wilbur P. Ball Chalk Bluffs Roundup Prose: A small two-day roundup was held during the early summer of 1905 in the Chalk Bluffs area that ended at the Steve McCoy Ranch.
23416 The Last Roundup FC 11 B-61 31 Wilbur P. Ball Fall Roundup of 1905 Prose: The fall roundup in Weld County between the "Greeley Colony" irrigated district and the Chalk Bluffs was organized during the latter part of the summoer of 1905.
23417 The Last Roundup FC 11 B-61 35 Wilbur P. Ball The 1916 Roundup Prose: The last fall roundup in northern Weld County, Colorado, that Jack Smillie rode in took place in 1916. The roundup crew met at Purcell, a town located eight miles east of Pierce,
23418 The Last Roundup FC 11 B-61 39 Wilbur P. Ball Jack Elliot Roundup of 1919 Prose: The last Elliott roundup of 1949 was organized and scheduled to begin around the first week of October. Jack Elliott, Sr., Boss of the spring and fall cattle roundups in northern Weld County, Colorado,
23419 The Last Roundup FC 11 B-61 49 Wilbur P. Ball Cowboy Song; The Last Roundup I'm headin' for the last roundup. Gonna saddle Old Paint for the last time and ride. So long, old pal. It's time your tears were dried. I'm headin' for the last roundup.
23420 The Last Roundup Wilbur P. Ball FC 11 B-61 59 Author unknown Old Faithful Old Faithful, we roam the range together, Old Faithful, in every kind of weather. When your roundup days are over There'll be pastures white with clover
23421 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 1 Kenneth Goss Chapter One Prose: Now I always figgered my pa was a good man. It seems like whatever he done, he always done it well, whether it was farmin, workin with stock
23422 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 4 Kenneth Goss Chapter Two Prose: Now Ma always tried to teach us good table manners. Always say please when you wanted something and thank you when you got it, if you did. She was very careful about things like this.
23423 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 8 Kenneth Goss Chapter Three Prose: We still had the ranch, so we figgered we could get a long. I tried to keep things goin, bu I just couldn't get it all done. If George had been there, maybe we could have handled it.
23424 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 16 Kenneth Goss Chapter Four Prose: I taken the train back to Sidney and bought a horse andpicked up my saddle and headed for Richey.
23425 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 17 Kenneth Goss Chapter Five1 Prose: Now there wasn't too many acres broke up on the section I'd bought from the bank, so I hitched a team to a stone boat and got me a pick and a cowbar and proceeded to clear the rocks
23426 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 19 Kenneth Goss Chapter Six Prose: Like I said, I liked to do a little horse tradin now and again. I'll tell you abaout one of them deals.l They wasn't always too profitable.
23427 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 22 Kenneth Goss Chapter Seven Prose: Often on Saturday evenings, I'd go into Richey and set in Gardner's bar and pool hall and listen to the gossip. A lot of fellers would collect there for the same reason I did.
23428 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 24 Kenneth Goss Chapter Eight Prose: There was another time in Gardners when things got kinda hairy for a while. The drinkin crowd was all there and they was all pretty well into their night's work. A couple of young fellers come in and joined the festivites.
23429 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 28 Kenneth Goss Chapter Ten Prose: The name T Bone Railroad was given (for obvious reasons) to the railroad being built in to Richey. I'll try and tell you about it from what I remember and what I've been told by some of the old timers
23430 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 33 Kenneth Goss Chapter Eleven Prose: Big Jones, some years later got into a difficulty with a feller named Moses Wilson over a slick yearling colt that Jones had put his brand on, and this man Wilson claimed it belonged to him. Moses claimed he had a ranch way up on Poplar crick, and maybe he did.
23431 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 36 Kenneth Goss A Horse and a Rope Now things they was tough out where I gew up But we seemed to get along fine We lived up there in Montana Not far from the Dakota line.
23432 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 38 Kenneth Goss Chapter Twelve Prose: Julius J. Johnson was a big tall long geared Swede. He lived all by himself in a little log shack about fourteen feet square, on the bank of the crick, not too far from the river.
23433 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 42 Kenneth Goss Chapter Thirteen Prose: George Henry he'd filed on a rough half section about four or five miles from the place I'd bought on the branch of the crick out of Richey aways. He'd been there about ten years when I come.
23434 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 47 Kenneth Goss Chapter Fourteen Prose: Clyde H. Filabau was another neighbor who lived for a very short while up on one of the north forks of East Redwater. He come from somewhere in the south or southeast, jugin from his accent
23435 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 52 Kenneth Goss Chapter Fifteen Seems like where ever you go, you run into some character you never forget. One man I'll always remember was a man named Jarvis.
23436 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 57 Kenneth Goss Chapter Sixteen Prose: Clayton Thompson was a farmer for a while. In fact, he done a lot of different things. It seems he was good at most everything he put his hand to.
23437 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 61 Kenneth Goss Lewis and Clark Now Tom Jefferson he was in office Way back in eighteen oh three. He'd bought a chunk of land out west That he thought he'd like to go see.