Burns, D R 1970

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D. Burns, former Pitchfork Ranch manager, talks about his family and the cattle industry in South and West Texas, in addition to the Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: D. R. Burns

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Date: c. 1970



Length: 1 hour, 5 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Gulf Coast, South Texas, Settlement (1820s and 1830s), Cattle, Family Background, Arthur Burns, great-grandfather, First settler in DeWitt County, Texas (1826), Anne White, grandmother, Migration to South Texas (1830s), War between Texas and Mexico, Cattle industry, Parasites, Cattle ranch settlements, Modes of transportation, Family background (again), Columbus Burns, grandfather, Cattle industry (again), Abundance of cattle after Civil War, Hazards of cattle ranching, Inoculation for tick fever, Beef cattle, Trail drives, Western Trail route, Chisholm Trail, Named after Thornton Chisholm, trail boss, Importation of English Durham cattle, Crossbreeding, Produced vealer calves, Cattle markets, Elimination of parasites, Texas fever ticks, Screwworm flies, Cattle ranches, West Texas, Operating procedures, Cattle shipment, Railroad, Cattle feed

Tape 1, Side 2: Cattle industry (continued), Loss of cattle during trail drives, Drought (1917-1918), Blizzard (January 1918), Cattle losses, Chisholm family, Employment, National Cottonseed Product Association (1929), Pitchfork Ranch (1942), Operation, Cattle industry (again), Cattle markets (again), Pitchfork Ranch (again), Water table levels, Future of cattle ranching, Pitchfork Ranch (again), Owners, Horse sales, Land acquisitions

Tape 2, Side 1: Pitchfork Ranch (continued), Land acquisitions (continued)

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1917-1942

Bulk Dates: 1917-1942

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