Calling the Brands: Stock Detectives in the Wild West

Calling the Brands: Stock Detectives in the Wild West

by Monty McCord


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Calling the Brands tells the story of the, "range detectives," "stock detectives," and "inspectors," who usually worked completely alone, courageously capturing or killing livestock rustlers in order to assure the survivability of the ranchers. The detectives and inspectors had to be proficient in "calling the brands," which meant being able to read a brand and identify its owner. While most western lawmen's titles and many of them are familiar, less well known are the various titles and names of those who protected the cattle industry from being carted away lock, stock and barrel by the unscrupulous and who helped shaped the West as we know it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493030873
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 1,248,105
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Popular Western author and retired police officer Monty McCord served as a deputy sheriff with the Adams and Phelps county Nebraska sheriff's offices before retiring from the Hastings police department at the rank of lieutenant. He published his first book on law enforcement in 1982 and has covered the stories of sheriffs, marshals, outlaws, and their exploits in both fiction and nonfiction for more than three decades. His most recent books include Mundy's Law - The Legend of Joe Mundy (Five Star, 2013); The 1931 Hastings Bank Job and the Bloody Bandit Trail (The History Press, 2013); and When I Die - The Legend of Joe Mundy (Five Star, 2017).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Cowboys and Longhorns 1

Chapter 2 Rope 'em and Brand 'em 7

Chapter 3 Brand Burners, Slow Elk, and John Law 17

Chapter 4 The Cattlemen's Associations 25

Chapter 5 The Stock Detectives 43

Chapter 6 The Anti-Horse Thief Association 109

Chapter 7 Modern Brand Inspectors and Agencies 131

Chapter 8 "They Don't Rustle Cattle Anymore … Do They?" 159

Bibliography 175

Index 185

About the Author 199

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