The Great Cow­boy

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Race of 1893 started in Chadron, a small town in western Ne­braska, on June 13 of that year. “Doc” Mid­dle­ton, the race fa­vorite, is at far left; “Old Joe” Gille­spie, the even­tual win­ner and run­ner-up Char­lie Smith are also marked. Each man was al­lowed one horse plus a spare for the 1,000-mile ride. In true en­duro tra­di­tion, there was a shot­gun start but the rid­ers, most of whom were ex­pe­ri­enced cowhands, did not bolt off dra­mat­i­cally at a gal­lop. Instead they mo­seyed out of town at a walk, know­ing they had to take good care of their mounts to have any chance of mak­ing the dis­tance.

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