The expansion of the western frontier in the 1800s would never have happened without the diligence and effort of certain brave men. America owes a great deal to the hard work performed by the American Cowboy. They drove thousands of miles over plains, mountains, and shores to deliver livestock. At the time, livestock was a prominent source of trade, development, and prosperity for those trying to cultivate the land and build the country that stands today. But, what was life like on these long cattle drives? It’s not easy to imagine exactly what the times were like, even considering the large amount of historical records that we have, but what we do know tells a great story of the American Cowboy and their travels across the open range. When you consider how dangerous and seemingly impossible it was to drive thousands of head for many miles a day, you learn to appreciate exactly what these men achieved. We looked at some of the most interesting facts about the cowboy’s way of life and found a little insight as to who these great men were, as well as how they built a country by doing a job that most may have been reluctant to perform. Let’s take a look at some lesser-known facts about these corralling, roping, cattle-driving symbols of American history.