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Listen In, Lubbock: The mythos of the Texas cowboy

Trail Herd (no. 2) by Edward Borein
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Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Trail Herd (no. 2) by Edward Borein

The Hub City feels more urban each day. Still, we pride ourselves on what some call rugged individualism that goes back to our agricultural and ranching roots. Cowboys and Western culture are a big part of West Texas’ identity - and likely always will be.

Christian Wallace is originally from Andrews in the oil patch part of our state. He’s now a writer for Texas Monthly and frequently reports on the mythos of the Texas cowboy. He joins us to talk about his work, including a feature story in the June issue of Texas Monthly that’s about a reluctantly legendary cowpuncher at the Four Sixes Ranch.


Christian Wallace, Texas Monthly

Helpful links:

The Bronc-busting, Cow-punching, Death-defying Legend of Boots O’Neal from Texas Monthly

The Resurrection of Bass Reeves from Texas Monthly

Sarah Self-Walbrick is the news director at Texas Tech Public Media, where she leads the news team and focuses on underreported stories in Lubbock. Sarah is a Lubbock native and a three-time graduate of Texas Tech University. She started her career at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
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