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Grades: 4-7
Teachers will find a series of films to help their students analyze the impact of the Cattle industry in Texas, specifically focusing on cattle drives and the role of the cowboy. Students will discuss the conditions on cattle drives, evaluate the daily activities of the cowboy, and assess technologies that were invented to aid ranchers.

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The King Ranch

Jim Ruddy
Courtesy of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image

Produced by Jim Ruddy and presented by the Shell Companies Foundation and the Texas Committee for the Humanities, The Texas Experience presents the history of Texas through a series of one-minute clips.  In this episode, Country Music Hall of Famer, Waylon Jennings delivers an overview of the history and operations of the King Ranch.


Rogelio Agrasanchez
Courtesy of Texas Archive of the Moving Image

This 2003 documentary profiles the lives and traditions of the vaqueros, the Mexican-American cowboys who ranch cattle in South Texas.

Texas Farming Life

Texas Parks and Wildlife
Living history at the LBJ State Park Sauer Beckman Farm.