The Wild West in the 1880s was a time of extreme hardships. Life was tough and cheap and the ranges had been opened up by the railways to vast cattle-raising operations. Also, refrigeration was the latest new technology, allowing cattle to be butchered in Chicago and then shipped around the world to an hungry eager market. Many British cattle companies were making yearly profits in excess of 20 to 50 per cent.
My great-grandfather's is unique in that we still have a hundred of his letters, graphically illustrating his life as he learned the trade. He starts out so young and optimistic, and ten years returns home to Wales without a penny to show for all those years. Was he bitter? No. It was the best experience of his life and he would share his stories with his friends.
This year I will share many of the unique insights here on the Tenderfoot website as well as bring Hugh alive through his own Twitter account.
I hope you will join me as we travel across time to the Great Plains of America.