The National Ranching Heritage Center is proud to partner with Hank the Cowdog for the Ranch Life Learning series. In this first book, Ranching and Livestock, the same cast of characters you’ve come to know and love in the Hank the Cowdog series will give you a first-class introduction to ranching! You’ll learn: the difference between a ranch and a farm, how cows digest grass, running a ranch as a successful business, how to choose the right breed of cattle for your ranch, and taking care of cattle through the various types of weather. And, what’s more, when you’re done with this book, you can test your ranching know-how with the quiz and vocabulary lesson in the back!
For more than a hundred years, Amercian cowboys made their living through the skilled use of horse and rope. Whole libraries have been devoted to the horse, but no one, until now, has written a thorough study of the origins and evolution of ranch roping-which differs from arena roping as practiced by rodeo cowboys....(more info)
Through Time and the Valley is the story of a river--its history, its lore, its colorful characters, the comedies and tragedies that valley ranchers, outlaws, frontier wives, moonshiners, and cowboys have spun yarns about for generations....(more info)
This contemporary "log of a cowboy," to borrow a term from Andy Adams, reveals the daily life of a cowboy during the years 1979-81.
Readers of Erickson's Hank the Cowdog books will recognize names, locations and incidents which the author used for that series: Tuerto, Drover, ...(more info)
Panhandle Cowboy is a sensitive, admirable straight-forward book about the texture of modern cowboying in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
These truthful and affectionate descriptions of life and work in that severe locale serve to reinforce an old point: that hardship and risk are woven deeply into the appeal of cowboying....(more info)
Erickson's articles and essays have been published in Texas Highways, Oklahoma Today, Livestock Weekly, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Times Herald, and American Cowboy.
Many of the pieces are anecdotal, based on Erickson's experiences and observations on ranches....(more info)
Here under one cover are the collected writings of John R. Erickson about characters who have entered his life on the High Plains country of the Texas Panhandle.
Erickson writes with authority about ranching and cowboying in the modern era, always with an eye for the humor of everyday incidents. Some of his friends are widely known, such as artist Ace Reid and noted fiddle player Frankie McWhorter. Others are cowboys who...(more info)
“The American cowboy is a mythical character who refuses to die,” says author John R. Erickson. On the one hand he is a common man: a laborer, a hired hand who works for wages. Yet in his lonely struggle against nature and animal cunning, he becomes larger than life. Who is this cowboy? Where did he come from and where is he today? (more info)
Prairie Gothic is rich in Texas history. It is the story of Erickson s family, ordinary people who, through strength of character, found dignity in the challenges presented by nature and human nature. It is also the story of the place instrumental in shaping their lives the flatland prairie of northwestern Texas that has gone by various names (High Plains, South Plains, Staked Plains, and Llano Estacado), as well as the rugged country on its eastern boundary, often referred to as the caprock canyonlands....(more info)
In his new book, Story Craft: Reflections On Faith, Culture, and Writing By the Author of Hank the Cowdog, John R. Erickson says that one of the biggest challenges he faced as a young author was figuring out, "What is a story, and what is it supposed to do?"
Those were simple questions, he says, but they didn't have simple answers....(more info)