[Glenrock, Wy.? ca. 1900]. pp. Small manuscript notebook. Original stiff printed wrappers, spine backed with adhesive cloth. Light wear, an occasional small patch of dampstaining. Contemporary ownership inscription on front wrap. Final leaf, with later manuscript annotations, detached. Highly legible. Very good. Item #1781
Extensive manuscript brand book that contains over 630 marks for cattle and their owners on the ranges of Wyoming and Colorado near the turn of the 20th century. The book was composed and used by Leander E. Blackwell, a cattleman who operated out of Glenrock, Wyoming, for much of the 1890s and early 1900s; following their marriage, he and his wife Lillian settled in Glenrock in 1891, and remained there until moving to the town of Shoshoni, near the Wind River Reservation, in 1905. The final three leaves delineate just over sixty brands for Colorado cattle; the book thus depicts approximately 570 brands for stock that moved through the Wyoming cattle trade in the years during and directly following the range war in Northern Wyoming, including marks for many famous names from the ranching history of the state, such as the Swan Land and Cattle Company and the individual Swan brothers, Alexander, Thomas, and William. The notebook itself in which the list was composed was intended for use as a grocery store account book. A fascinating and unique document of the Wyoming cattle business at the end of the 19th century.