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Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
May 02, 2013 M. Timothy Nolting   

Courtesy Photo - Barlett Richards (center) and friends, taken in 1889. Bartlett Richards was the founder of the Nebraska Panhandle Spade Ranch.

In my recent research of Cheyenne County, in the 1880s, I came across this extraordinary account of the cattle industry in the Panhandle, specifically Cheyenne County. It should be remembered that in 1882 the entire southern half of the Nebraska Panhandle was Cheyenne County. The wonderfully written description of the land, the climate, the cattle and the men who work them is so concise and vivid I thought it would be a disservice to try to retel...

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