Howdy. They call me Clay. If you ask me it was interesting times and though I'm not much of a talker I'll tell the story any way about the cowboys.

These here Cowboy Chronicles refers to the part of American History called the Old West, Far West or Wild West, I just call it home.

It is seen through the eyes of Clayton Virgil Kane 1859 - 1919. It is made up of the people, history, lore and culture around the time of the American Civil War (1861 to 1865) to just after the end of the 19th century. Clay's hero was Daniel Boone and, so of course, it includes Boone (1734 to 1820) as an influence and forerunner of the American cowboy.

I hope you enjoy reading and learning about this great part of American history.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jasmin Fosheim
PO Box 1031
Hettinger, ND 58639

February 21, 2018
Dear Clay's Cowboy Chronicles,

My name is Jasmin Fosheim. I’m the executive director of the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce and Adams County Development Corporation in Hettinger, North Dakota. I’m a native of central South Dakota, so my recent move to North Dakota has taught me a great deal about how to survive in bitterly cold weather and the history of the area. During my short time here, I’ve learned a great deal about the last great buffalo hunts performed by the Teton Lakota People in this area from 1880 to 1883. For many years, buffalo sustained this and other Native American tribes, who cherished and utilized every part of the bodies of the buffalo. White hide hunters, however, hunted the buffalo extensively, using only a few parts of the bodies and leaving the carcasses to rot. These buffalo were hunted nearly to extinction in across the Midwest, with the last great hunts happening in this region, from Hettinger, North Dakota to Lemmon, Bison, and Buffalo, South Dakota. The heroic acts of one Native American family that rescued five buffalo calves has meant the return of buffalo across the Midwest, from reservations to state parks.

The story of the last great buffalo hunts is the story of our home and the home of the Native American tribes in this area; it’s a story that should be told. A local author from Hettinger, ND, Francie M. Berg, has committed herself to ensuring this story is told. She has authored two books, one hard cover book detailing the hunts titled Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains, and a self-guided tour book titled Buffalo Trails in the Dakota Buttes. Both books act as companions for the local Buffalo Trails Tour that takes individuals interested in the history of the buffalo in this area on a self-guided tour of ten nearby sites of the last wild buffalo hunts.

In my position, I have committed myself to taking on the role of storyteller, ensuring that this incredible story of the tragedy and revival of what historian and writer William Hornaday once called “this magnificent animal.” I hope you’ll join us in our journey to share the story of the last great buffalo hunts in your magazine.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can visit either the North Dakota Tourism website,, or the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce website, You can also contact me by email at or by phone at 701.567.2531.

I look forward to hearing back from you,
Jasmin Fosheim

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