OLLI Course: Cattle Kingdom

Christopher Knowlton, Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy Past

Lead by: Bonnie Nelson, retired humanities educator

Mondays, January 22nd  – March 5th , 1:00 – 2:30 pm

The open range cattle era lasted barely a quarter-century, but it left America irrevocably changed. These few decades following the Civil War brought America its greatest boom-and-bust cycle until the Depression, the invention of the assembly line, and the dawn of the conservation movement. It inspired legends, such as that icon of rugged individualism, the cowboy.

Cattle Kingdom reveals the truth of how the West rose and fell, and how its legacy defines us today. The tale takes us from dust-choked cattle drives to the unlikely splendors of boom-towns like Abilene, Kansas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. We venture from the Texas Panhandle to the Dakota Badlands to the Chicago stockyards. We meet a diverse array of players—from the expert cowboy Teddy Blue to the failed rancher and future president Teddy Roosevelt. Knowlton shows us how they and others like them could achieve so many out-sized feats: killing millions of bison in a decade, building the first opera house on the open range, driving cattle by the thousand, and much more. Cattle Kingdom is a revelatory new view of the Old West.

**If you are a community member who wishes to attend this course, please see the OLLI Website for registration.  https://olli.umn.edu/.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

If you are a Resident at the Kenwood, please see Brandy in Activities to register. Thank you