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Great Plains Cattle Empire: Thatcher Brothers and Associates, 1875-1945 [Paperback]

Paul E. Patterson , Joy Poole , Elmer Kelton
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Oct. 15 2005
“A veritable Who’s Who of pioneer cattlemen.” —Elmer Kelton, from the Foreword John and Mahlon Thatcher were two of the many pioneers looking to begin a new life in the great open spaces of the West. In the 1860s, the brothers began a small mercantile in the town of Pueblo, Colorado. From a safe in the corner of their new store, the brothers founded what was to become the First National Bank of Pueblo, Colorado—and the beginnings of a financial empire that would encompass cattle companies from New Mexico to Canada. Together with such legendary figures as Frank Bloom, Henry Cresswell, O. H. Perry Baxter, William Anderson, Burton Mossman, and Mahlon T. Everhart, they created a cattle empire, financing and directing the Bloom Land and Cattle Company, the Diamond A Cattle Company, and the Hatchet Cattle Company. Their herds of cattle, horses, and sheep ranged on some eleven million acres of land. Great Plains Cattle Empire tells their stories, spanning the years from just after the Civil War through World War II.

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Paul E. Patterson managed the Diamond A Cattle Company for twenty-six years. His work has appeared in Field and Stream, New Mexico Magazine, Western Horseman, and other publications. Joy Poole is former director of the Fort Collins Museum in Colorado.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The real Colorado Cattle Barons Dec 4 2000
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A cattle ranching history of the Thatcher Brothers and their brother in law Frank Bloom is long overdue. These businessmen were real people with the entreprenuerial spirt to recognize opportunities and the ability to act on their instincts. Their business acumen and ability to diversify their finances enabled them to promote the Hereford cattle industry despite numerous obstacles...limited water, the elements of weather, and vast rangelands amounting to 11 million acres. Patterson and Poole have done their homework and provided us with an authentic, well researched story on these early cattle ranches who rivalled other more well known operations such as the Prairie Land and Cattle Company from the Panhandle area. It is remarkable that Charlie Russell worked for the circle Diamond prior to becoming a western artist. The Thatcher and Bloom associations with Goodnight, Cresswell, Tony Day, Cap Mossman and the Iliff family of Denver are all indicative of their far reaching influence and successful longevity. Patterson's ability to turn a phrase which is filled with western jargon and cattle ranching terms reinforces his first hand knowledge of cattle ranching. The true history of these early cattle companies is a fascinating story of real people who worked hard to settle the American West.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real Colorado Cattle Barons Dec 4 2000
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A cattle ranching history of the Thatcher Brothers and their brother in law Frank Bloom is long overdue. These businessmen were real people with the entreprenuerial spirt to recognize opportunities and the ability to act on their instincts. Their business acumen and ability to diversify their finances enabled them to promote the Hereford cattle industry despite numerous obstacles...limited water, the elements of weather, and vast rangelands amounting to 11 million acres. Patterson and Poole have done their homework and provided us with an authentic, well researched story on these early cattle ranches who rivalled other more well known operations such as the Prairie Land and Cattle Company from the Panhandle area. It is remarkable that Charlie Russell worked for the circle Diamond prior to becoming a western artist. The Thatcher and Bloom associations with Goodnight, Cresswell, Tony Day, Cap Mossman and the Iliff family of Denver are all indicative of their far reaching influence and successful longevity. Patterson's ability to turn a phrase which is filled with western jargon and cattle ranching terms reinforces his first hand knowledge of cattle ranching. The true history of these early cattle companies is a fascinating story of real people who worked hard to settle the American West.
3.0 out of 5 stars One in a series of "must haves" Nov. 9 2013
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You got to love this one! It's a true classic of the Western Movement... Definately a must read, must keep book!
5.0 out of 5 stars Cattle Empire May 7 2012
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Cattle Empire is about the Thatcher Brothers and Cresswell Cattle Company of the Panhandle of Texas and the Southern part of Colorado. Their first cattle enterprise is in Colorado with Dairy Cattle. They become partners with Hank Cresswell who has told the brothers, who have the money of the vast expanse of good grazing grass in the Panhandle of Texas. The ranch site he suggests is along the Canadian River near the site of the Adobe Walls Fight. The land encompassed most of a three county area now near Miami, Texas. Hank Cresswell, known as the gentleman rancher was neighbors with the Lit, LX, Goodnight and several others of that area. Hank Cresswell ends up dead in Canada with gangrene and the Thatcher brothers made famous in Pueblo, Colorado as banker and businessman. Good ranching history.
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