Bennett, Red 1982-06-09

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Red Bennett discusses his experiences as a cowboy on the Pitchfork Ranch.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Red Bennett

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: June 9, 1982

Location: Amarillo, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Birth--Poverty Flat, Family history, Moved to Wyoming, Returned to Slaton, Texas, Education, Attended Hardin-Simmons University, Early experiences, Description of Wyoming job, Traveled to Oklahoma City looking for work, Great Depression, Discussion of depression in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Pitchfork Ranch, Tenure at ranch, Physical features of ranch, Pitchfork people, Discussion of ranch hands, Impression of ranch manager, Mechanization, Expansion of ranch equipment and technology, Ranch life, Discussion of everyday life, Ranch folklore

Tape 1, Side 2: Pitchfork people (again), Discussion of ranch people, Weather conditions, Ranch life (again), Typical activities, Problems, Coyotes, Trappers on the ranch, Pitchfork people (again), Description of the job assignments

Tape 2, Side 1: Pitchfork brand, Discussion of the brand, History of the brand, Bennett's Departure, Traveled west in search of job, Became cattle inspector at Texas-Southwestern, Pony Express Race, Race ran in 1938, Reasons for race, Pitchforks involvement in race, Difficulties of race

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1900-1938

Bulk Dates: 1900-1938

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