We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher

We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher

E.C. "Teddy Blue" Abbott Helena Huntington Smith / Aug 22, 2019

We Pointed Them North Recollections of a Cowpuncher E C Abbott was a cowboy in the great days of the s and s He came up the trail to Montana from Texas with the long horned herds which were to stock the northern ranges he punched cows in Mont

  • Title: We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher
  • Author: E.C. "Teddy Blue" Abbott Helena Huntington Smith
  • ISBN: 9780806113661
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • E C Abbott was a cowboy in the great days of the 1870 s and 1880 s He came up the trail to Montana from Texas with the long horned herds which were to stock the northern ranges he punched cows in Montana when there wasn t a fence in the territory and he married a daughter of Granville Stuart, the famous early day stockman and Montana pioneer For than fifty yearsE C Abbott was a cowboy in the great days of the 1870 s and 1880 s He came up the trail to Montana from Texas with the long horned herds which were to stock the northern ranges he punched cows in Montana when there wasn t a fence in the territory and he married a daughter of Granville Stuart, the famous early day stockman and Montana pioneer For than fifty years he was known to cowmen from Texas to Alberta as Teddy Blue This is his story, as told to Helena Huntington Smith, who says that the book is all Teddy Blue My part was to keep out of the way and not mess it up by being literary Because the cowboy flourished in the middle of the Victorian age, which is certainly a funny paradox, no realistic picture of him was ever drawn in his own day Here is a self portrait by a cowboy which is full and honest And Teddy Blue himself says, Other old timers have told all about stampedes and swimming rivers and what a terrible time we had, but they never put in any of the fun, and fun was at least half of it So here it is the cowboy classic, with the terrible times and the fun which have entertained readers everywhere First published in 1939, We Pointed Them North has been brought back into print by the University of Oklahoma Press in completely new format, with drawings by Nick Eggenhofer, and with the full, original text.

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    1. In the Steve McQueen movie about Tom Horn, the indian tracker, cowboy, and accused murderer, Tom falls for a young teacher from Hawaii, now living in Wyoming. She is intrigued with Tom because, in her words, Tom is a "link to the Old West." Tom's response to her was telling: "If you really knew how dirty and raggedy-assed the Old West was, you wouldn't want any part of it." He goes on to tell her that if she sticks around him she'll find out just how raggedy-assed the Old West really was.McQueen [...]


    2. This book has been on my "to read" list for a couple years. I am glad I added it to the list; I am glad I read it. Life as it really was on the cattle drives of the Old West. Not much glamor. A hard life that saw a cowpuncher wintering in deep snows, falling asleep in his saddle from fatigue, blowing his hard-earned money on drink and fancy women. This is not a contrived novel or a John-Wayne-like Western. These are memories in rough chronological order. If you love the West and want to know the [...]



    3. When I come across personal reminiscences of this nature (“We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a cowpuncher” by E.C. “Teddy Blue” Abbott and Helena Huntington Smith, drawings by Nick Eggenhofer, University of Oklahoma Press, 1955) I am immediately envious of my cousins south of the border because they have yet another window into their past. Unfortunately, apart from Norman Lee’s journal [see: Norman Lee “Klondike Cattle Drive,” Touchwood Editions, 2005] I am unaware of any oth [...]


    4. Excellent! The language,the feelings of the times. A rough and uncertain era. Life was fast and unforgiving. Got a real feel on how the times were for these frontier people. Teddy Blue is a walking book of cowboy songs.Great 👍 this is one outstanding account of what it took to live in the rough and uncertain time when America was young and free.


    5. Not as good as I was hoping for. Teddy Blue was quite a character though. It's a miracle any of them survived past the age of 18.


    6. After 22 years in Montana, I finally made it over to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch this summer (now a national historic site, it is definitely worth a visit!) In talking with one of the rangers about the famous trail drives of the 1880s he recommended this book, for a true look at cowboy life and the great trail herds coming up from Texas at this time. I read this in almost one sitting since it reads as if you are sitting in a room with "Teddy Blue" as he recollects his life as a cowpuncher and the even [...]


    7. Not a book I'd normally read, but one that had plenty of hooks for me - authenticity, history, and characters. Telling real tales of cattle drives from Texas to Montana in first person. E. C. Abbott (Teddy Blue) was a cowpuncher that wrote of the life he lived. What seemed "just life" to him was fascinating to fold back East, so the female co-author sought him out to get a book written. Most reviewers have agreed that this is the "best book of western cowboy life ever written". I'd add that is w [...]


    8. I thought I would like this book more than I did. It's clear we are looking at a first person account of history. Many of the anecdotes make for very good reading. I don't think most of us have any idea of how tough you had to be (and a little bit lucky) to survive and prosper through those years. Teddy Blue gives us an idea of what it was like. And here comes the but, but at times his voice became slightly droning and monotonous ( I had no idea the early day cowboys spent so much time courting [...]


    9. A fun collection of memories of growing up on the range back when cowpunchers roamed. This book reads just like 'Teddy Blue' speaks- imagine what 'ole' grandpa's stories told on a front porch or around a campfire sound like and you have this book. Watch out though- do not take the book as fact. Having read this book and then conducting further research I discovered inaccuracies and holes in the story. One of my favorite stories includes 'Calamity Jane' while the the story may be true the date is [...]


    10. This is a memoir told mostly in the words of a cowboy named Teddy Blue who grew up in Nebraska and drove cattle along the western trails, settling in Montana, where he worked for several cattle owners, all during the 1870s and 1880s. Teddy Blue was a character and it really gives you a feel for what it must have been like to drive a bunch of cattle across the West.I would highly recommend this book. Its a great read.


    11. A unique book. Non-fiction, it's an account of life as a cowboy by someone who lived it. It covers the time of roughly 1871-1889. Everything is here: trail drives, roundups, horse thiefs, cattle rustlers, saloons and women. This is a book for anyone who's a fan of the American West and the true cowboy era. Much different from the movies and fictionalized versions we've come to know as the Old West.


    12. For authenticity, it's hard to beat this first-person account of cowboy life during the era of huge cattle drives. Teddy Blue was quite a raconteur, however, and there's no telling how much exaggeration there is here for the sake of the stories. The voice gets a little wearing after a while. Still, if the goal is to get a feel for the life of a cowboy, this book won't disappoint.


    13. written in the late 30s by a woman who listened to the tales of a cowhand who worked the cattle drives from TX to MT and then stayed up on the northern plains working cattle in the 1870s and 80s - told in the first person in the language of the cowpuncher - an authentic voice from and witness to the end of an era.


    14. Definitely one of the best biographies/recollections I've ever read of the "old days" of the cattle drives from Texas to Montana. So well written that you are caught up in the vernacular immediately and soon find it natural.


    15. Outstanding!!! One of the top five books out the hundreds I've read on the history of the American West. It ranks with NO LIFE FOR A LADY, COMMERCE OF THE PRAIRIES, LAND OF ENCHANTMENT, and in fiction, THE BIG SKY.


    16. A good read narrated from an authentic cowpuncher. Gives you a good feel for what times were like in the glory days of the west. Teddy Blue knew some interesting folks and shares some great stories.


    17. Great book written in 1939 about cattle drives of from Texas to Montana in the 1930's from the perspective of a real old cowboy. This was a great book. Probably one of the most enjoyable reads in a few years.



    18. Very interesting read! It brings new light to the world of cowpunching through the recollections of "Teddy Blue" from 1876-1930's.


    19. I really liked this book. It is written in the cowpuncher's own words--though it is being told to EC Abbott.


    20. Nonfiction--memoir of a cowboy from the 1880s and beyond. Great read, and a unique picture of what it was really like in the Old West!


    21. A biography bases on interviews with cowboy E. C Abbott. A fascinating telling mostly in his own words of his life as a cowboy from 1870 to 1900.



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