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Isom Dart ~ A Black Cowboy   It seems history has conspired against the many cowboys of color. Isom Dart is one of those black cowboys whose adventures are often left untold. Born a slave in Arkansas and later freed by the Civil War he rode West. His pursuits ranged from rodeo rider to cattle rustler. His life came to an abrupt end when he was shot down in Cold Springs, Colorado by an unknown assailant on October 3, 1900.

Isom Dart ~ A Black Cowboy It seems history has conspired against the many cowboys of color. Isom Dart is one of those black cowboys whose adventures are often left untold. Born a slave in Arkansas and later freed by the Civil War he rode West. His pursuits ranged from rodeo rider to cattle rustler. His life came to an abrupt end when he was shot down in Cold Springs, Colorado by an unknown assailant on October 3, 1900.

Real Old West Cowboys | Know Your History: Real Pics Of Black Cowboys From The Old West ...

Real Old West Cowboys | Know Your History: Real Pics Of Black Cowboys From The Old West ...

Born on June 14, 1854 as a slave on Robert Love’s plantation in Davidson County Tennessee, Nat Love also known as "Deadwood Dick" would grow up to be one of the most famous cowboys in the Old West.

Born on June 14, 1854 as a slave on Robert Love’s plantation in Davidson County Tennessee, Nat Love also known as "Deadwood Dick" would grow up to be one of the most famous cowboys in the Old West.

Buffalo Soldiers were members of an all-black regiment in the U.S. Army.   The 10th Cavalry was formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth and was the regiment that the Indians first called "buffalo soldiers."

Buffalo Soldiers were members of an all-black regiment in the U.S. Army. The 10th Cavalry was formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth and was the regiment that the Indians first called "buffalo soldiers."

Texas Black Cowboys  Of the estimated 35,000 cowboys that worked the ranches and rode the trails, between five and nine thousand or more was said to have been Black. They participated in almost all of the drives northward, and was assigned to every job except that of trail boss. One historian noted that there had been a few cattle drives where the entire crews were black except for the trail boss.

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Texas Black Cowboys Of the estimated 35,000 cowboys that worked the ranches and rode the trails, between five and nine thousand or more was said to have been Black. They participated in almost all of the drives northward, and was assigned to every job except that of trail boss. One historian noted that there had been a few cattle drives where the entire crews were black except for the trail boss.

George Fletcher Oregon’s most celebrated rodeo, the Pendleton Round-Up, began in 1910 and included African American competitors from the beginning. The Round-Up’s most famous black rider, George Fletcher, was born in the Midwest, but he moved to Pendleton as a young man, learning from horsemen on the nearby Umatilla Indian Reservation.

George Fletcher Oregon’s most celebrated rodeo, the Pendleton Round-Up, began in 1910 and included African American competitors from the beginning. The Round-Up’s most famous black rider, George Fletcher, was born in the Midwest, but he moved to Pendleton as a young man, learning from horsemen on the nearby Umatilla Indian Reservation.

There were a lot of African American cowboys. Some of them very famous in their time. They have been left out of the history books.

There were a lot of African American cowboys. Some of them very famous in their time. They have been left out of the history books.

America's forgotten black cowboys > The Lone Ranger, for example, is believed to have been inspired by Bass Reeves, a black lawman who used disguises, had a Native American sidekick and went through his whole career without being shot.

America's forgotten black cowboys

America's forgotten black cowboys > The Lone Ranger, for example, is believed to have been inspired by Bass Reeves, a black lawman who used disguises, had a Native American sidekick and went through his whole career without being shot.

Bill Pickett was a cowboy, rodeo, and Wild West show performer.  He invented the technique of bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground. With his four brothers, he established The Pickett Brothers Bronco Busters and Rough Riders Association. The name Bill Pickett soon became synonymous with successful rodeos. He did his bulldogging act, traveling about in Texas, Arizona, Wyoming, and Oklahoma.

Bill Pickett was a cowboy, rodeo, and Wild West show performer. He invented the technique of bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground. With his four brothers, he established The Pickett Brothers Bronco Busters and Rough Riders Association. The name Bill Pickett soon became synonymous with successful rodeos. He did his bulldogging act, traveling about in Texas, Arizona, Wyoming, and Oklahoma.

OLD WEST LEGENDS Bass Reeves - Black Hero Marshal - Born to slave parents in 1838 in Paris, Texas, Bass Reeves would become the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi River and one of the greatest frontier heroes in our nation’s history.

OLD WEST LEGENDS Bass Reeves - Black Hero Marshal - Born to slave parents in 1838 in Paris, Texas, Bass Reeves would become the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi River and one of the greatest frontier heroes in our nation’s history.

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