The Wichita Divide (this area of Texas) was once a part of the Permian Sea of Texas. Indians (Kiowa, Apache and Comanche) lived along the Wichita Rivers about 10,000 b.c.. Texas was under Spanish Rule until 1821, Then under Mexico until 1836. The Wichita Rivers were known only to Indians and Fur Traders. Reports mentioned huge prairie dog towns and immense rattlesnakes near the South Wichita between present Truscott and King County. The buffalo were pushed west saving the grass for the cattle, In the 1870's , Indians swarmed frontier counties then retreated up the Wichitas and Brazos beyond reach.
Circle Bar Ranch (est. 1982)- Truscott, Texas
Following Jerry Bob and Eugenie to the pens.
Jerry Bob and Eugenie Daniel - owners of the Circle Bar Ranch
Heading out...Once we left the pens, we wound our way east through the cedars and rocky breaks at a long trot. I used one of their amazing gray geldings. He was so steady and sure-footed!
Topping one of the rocky points, Jerry Bob showed us where the cattle were and where we would be driving them back to the pens.
It's thick cedar country with lots of rocks, sand and rugged terrain. We went up and down some pretty crazy stuff! It we didn't have to pay attention negotiating the terrain as we went, I would have snapped a few "en route" pics...It was wild!
Back in "the day", cattle rustlers were known to hide stolen cattle in these hills and canyons...and marauding Indians wreaked havoc on settlers...it was like stepping back in time!
Several species of cacti grow out there, so we were glad to have our chinks on!
ON THE LOOKOUT...We waited at the base of this ridge, so we wouldn't get a head of the cowboys who were driving the herd toward us.
Jerry Bob scouted from above...Perfect vantage point!
Bringing 'um in
At the pens...
Eugenie took us over to see one of their studs and the upcoming colt crop.
The original bank in Truscott.
The side of one of the old Truscott buildings.