On The Back Porch
The American cowboy is an icon of the old west. An icon that becomes real and is kept alive in the minds of youth and age alike as dreams help each of us live again an era that largely began after the end of the Civil War or as it is known in the south, The War of Northern Aggression, and by the mid-1890s would find much of the land fenced and railroads reaching farther, bringing an end to the cattle drives that required large numbers of men and horses.
The National Day of the Cowboy was established by the US Legislature to preserve our western heritage and to acknowledge the early pioneers that were farsighted enough to see beyond the horizon as they stretched and sacrificed to help America to grow to its’s potential. This day was set aside to celebrate the contribution of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage.
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