We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher

We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher

E. C. Abbott was a cowboy in the great days of the 1870's and 1880's. He came up the trail to Montana from Texas with the long-horned herds which were to stock the northern ranges; he punched cows in Montana when there wasn't a fence in the territory; and he married a daughter of Granville Stuart, the famous early-day stockman and Montana pioneer. For more than fifty years E. C. Abbott was a cowboy in the great days of the 1870's and 1880's. He came up the trail to Montana from Texas with the...

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Title:We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher
Author:E.C. "Teddy Blue" Abbott
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Genres:History
ISBN:We Pointed Them North
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher Reviews

  • Andy Weston
    Jan 14, 2019
    Abbott was a cowboy in the halcyon days of the 1870s and 1880s and this is his own account, ghost written for him (Helena Huntingdon Smith), of his life, originally published in 1939, shortly before his death at the age of 78. (?My part was to keep out the way and not mess up it bein...
  • Dylan
    Apr 30, 2018
    The overlap between this memoir and A Bride Goes West makes for a really interesting contrast in perspectives on pioneer life in the west during the late 1800's: male and female, drifter and settler. The two together paint a rich picture, full of surprising details and historical nuanc...
  • Allen Price
    Jan 23, 2008
    Not a book I'd normally read, but one that had plenty of hooks for me - authenticity, history, and characters. Telling real tales of cattle drives from Texas to Montana in first person. E. C. Abbott (Teddy Blue) was a cowpuncher that wrote of the life he lived. What seemed "just life" ...
  • Jo
    Oct 29, 2016
    I thought I would like this book more than I did. It's clear we are looking at a first person account of history. Many of the anecdotes make for very good reading. I don't think most of us have any idea of how tough you had to be (and a little bit lucky) to survive and prosper through ...
  • Gary
    Feb 17, 2009
    A biography bases on interviews with cowboy E. C Abbott. A fascinating telling mostly in his own words of his life as a cowboy from 1870 to 1900. ...
  • Laurie
    Mar 08, 2009
    A fun collection of memories of growing up on the range back when cowpunchers roamed. This book reads just like 'Teddy Blue' speaks- imagine what 'ole' grandpa's stories told on a front porch or around a campfire sound like and you have this book. Watch out though- do not take the book...
  • Ed
    Mar 23, 2009
    A good read narrated from an authentic cowpuncher. Gives you a good feel for what times were like in the glory days of the west. Teddy Blue knew some interesting folks and shares some great stories. ...
  • Vicky
    Jul 30, 2011
    After 22 years in Montana, I finally made it over to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch this summer (now a national historic site, it is definitely worth a visit!) In talking with one of the rangers about the famous trail drives of the 1880s he recommended this book, for a true look at cowboy life ...
  • Jim
    Jul 30, 2012
    Definitely one of the best biographies/recollections I've ever read of the "old days" of the cattle drives from Texas to Montana. So well written that you are caught up in the vernacular immediately and soon find it natural. ...
  • Tom Schmitz
    Aug 02, 2009
    written in the late 30s by a woman who listened to the tales of a cowhand who worked the cattle drives from TX to MT and then stayed up on the northern plains working cattle in the 1870s and 80s - told in the first person in the language of the cowpuncher - an authentic voice from and ...
  • Albert
    Jun 03, 2012
    This book has been on my "to read" list for a couple years. I am glad I added it to the list; I am glad I read it. Life as it really was on the cattle drives of the Old West. Not much glamor. A hard life that saw a cowpuncher wintering in deep snows, falling asleep in his saddle from f...
  • Beverly
    Aug 21, 2009
    This is a memoir told mostly in the words of a cowboy named Teddy Blue who grew up in Nebraska and drove cattle along the western trails, settling in Montana, where he worked for several cattle owners, all during the 1870s and 1880s. Teddy Blue was a character and it really gives you a...
  • Wesley Redfield
    Dec 27, 2016
    Outstanding!!! One of the top five books out the hundreds I've read on the history of the American West. It ranks with NO LIFE FOR A LADY, COMMERCE OF THE PRAIRIES, LAND OF ENCHANTMENT, and in fiction, THE BIG SKY. ...
  • Tom
    Jan 20, 2018
    Not as good as I was hoping for. Teddy Blue was quite a character though. It's a miracle any of them survived past the age of 18. ...
  • Gerry Burnie
    Nov 27, 2010
    When I come across personal reminiscences of this nature (?We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a cowpuncher? by E.C. ?Teddy Blue? Abbott and Helena Huntington Smith, drawings by Nick Eggenhofer, University of Oklahoma Press, 1955) I am immediately envious of my cousins sout...
  • Derrick Jeter
    Aug 19, 2016
    In the Steve McQueen movie about Tom Horn, the indian tracker, cowboy, and accused murderer, Tom falls for a young teacher from Hawaii, now living in Wyoming. She is intrigued with Tom because, in her words, Tom is a "link to the Old West." Tom's response to her was telling: "If you re...
  • Scott
    Apr 28, 2012
    Great book written in 1939 about cattle drives of from Texas to Montana in the 1930's from the perspective of a real old cowboy. This was a great book. Probably one of the most enjoyable reads in a few years. ...
  • Ann Swann
    Oct 11, 2012
    I really liked this book. It is written in the cowpuncher's own words--though it is being told to EC Abbott. ...
  • Sandra
    Jan 17, 2014
    A unique book. Non-fiction, it's an account of life as a cowboy by someone who lived it. It covers the time of roughly 1871-1889. Everything is here: trail drives, roundups, horse thiefs, cattle rustlers, saloons and women. This is a book for anyone who's a fan of the American West and...
  • Peter Tillman
    Jul 04, 2016
    OK+, interesting, say 3.5+. Larry McMurtry called it the ?best memoir of the cowboy era.? ...
  • Nancy Etchemendy
    Dec 12, 2013
    For authenticity, it's hard to beat this first-person account of cowboy life during the era of huge cattle drives. Teddy Blue was quite a raconteur, however, and there's no telling how much exaggeration there is here for the sake of the stories. The voice gets a little wearing after a ...
  • SouthWestZippy
    Mar 17, 2018
    Not all Cowboys lived this way. If you want to read a book about a self-centred, no morals, shot at the hip with a temper, disregard for life(human or animal) then this is a book for you. Yes, life was hard for Cowboys but why make it worse for yourself with stupid choices? I don't fee...
  • John Hansen
    Oct 04, 2018
    I enjoyed this book. Having grown up on a ranch in Idaho in the 50's and 60's and seeing our hired men work several months and then go to town with their wages and a week later be so broke that my dad had to buy them a pair of Levis or papers and Prince Albert. They would be so hungove...
  • Bill  Pace
    Aug 22, 2018
    This was a very good first person history of the cattle drives from Texas to Montana in the 1860?s, 70?s and 1880?s. This is a unvarnished account of that time with a lot of detail about life on the trail and just what being a cow puncher was all about. Teddy armed with his diary...
  • Ronald Klopfenstein
    Feb 19, 2019
    Interesting read Interesting read because it is real life stuff. A few times I had to remind self that I wasn?t reading fiction ...
  • Darren Shaw
    Jan 08, 2019
    First heard of this book by way of a mention in a nonfiction work of Larry McMurtry?s. In the stories of Teddy Blue Abbott, I can clearly see inspiration for the storylines and cast of characters in the Lonesome Dove saga; bits and pieces of what Teddy Blue tells us here can be found...
  • Trey Garcia
    Mar 19, 2018
    An authentic look into the past This is a great read for any fans of the old west lore. Told from the perspective of someone who was in the middle of the wild west and the cattle drive days. ...
  • Seth Nelson
    Sep 20, 2018
    Quite interesting. ...
  • Kathy Penn
    Oct 10, 2017
    Excellent! The language,the feelings of the times. A rough and uncertain era. Life was fast and unforgiving. Got a real feel on how the times were for these frontier people. Teddy Blue is a walking book of cowboy songs. Great ? this is one outstanding account of what it took to l...
  • Zach Church
    Aug 04, 2018
    Alright, to some extent, these are tall tales. There's a lot of bullshit here. But there's charm in that and I'd wager most of the stories are grounded in real events, though who they happened to and when could be anyone's guess. The co-author does make occasional attempts to back thin...