An undated photo shows Texas cowboys on the trail to Kansas. An early English observer had this to say about the cowboys who rode the trail:
"I have no hesitation in warning any restless, roving spirits who may be attracted by picturesque descriptions of a cowboy's life that, unless they are prepared to toil during the long summer months, both by day and by night, for small pay on scant fare, to be in the saddle from early dawn until sunset both Sundays, to abstain from comfort and civilization for a greater part of the year, and so to wear themselves out with exposure and manifold fatigues as to be reckoned old and past their work whilst still young in years, they had better remain at home and leave cowboy life alone."
—Cowboy John Baumann in "The Fortnighly Review," April 1, 1887.
Photo courtesy Traces of Texas reader Royce Stillwell. Royce found this photo in an old book that belonged to his father.