#AtoZChallenge 2016-Cowboys

Welcome to Day 3 of the A to Z Blog Challenge and a topic related to the letter…


Today’s #AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Cowboys

“A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks.” Wikipedia Definition

Novels known as American Westerns


You would not think that from this simple description of a Cowboy that an entire genre would be build, but it has. This genre is known as American Westerns.

As mentioned in the article, The Cowboy In Literature, the cowboy as a hero “…was in part made possible by Wister’s The Virginian, which set the stage for an insurgence of western literature and the creation of the American Cowboy not only as a hero, but as a icon as well.”



First novel in the Long Tall Texans series by Diana Palmer

There is also an entire sub-genre of Romance Novels that feature Cowboys. As mentioned in a 2011 Time.com article, “Cowboys have been a perennial part of romance, in terms of romantic archetypes,” says Sarah Wendell, Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels. “One of the reasons they’re a mainstay is because there is an inherent nobility in the idea of being a cowboy. England has dukes and earls and various forms of nobility; the United States has cowboys.”

Image of Cowboy with rope from AMP Films

Some of the films and tv shows that feature cowboys are…

Bonanza, which has an awesome theme song that immediately brings to mind cowboys riding horses

Gunsmoke, which started as a radio show before transitioning to television

Lonesome Dove, which is based on the novel by the same name

Magnificent Seven, which is Seven Samurai with Cowboys instead of Samurai
However, when thinking of Cowboys in films most people think of the actor John Wayne.

John Wayne as one of the many cowboy characters he played

So who are your favorite cowboy characters and stories?



About Patty Hammond

I am a self proclaimed fangirl who is disguised as a mild mannered data analyst for an advertising firm. You can find me on Twitter as @pattybones2

2 responses to “#AtoZChallenge 2016-Cowboys”

  1. Keith Channing says :

    I was always a fan of cowboy stories, and a favourite game as a child in the 50s was ‘cowboys and indians’. However, more recently, the term has been used, in UK at least, (according to Oxford Online) to signify: A dishonest or careless person in business, especially an unqualified one.

    Mention a cowboy outfit in my childhood, and you’d think of chaps, holster’s six-shooters and a cowboy hat. Now, it is more likely to bring up images of shoddy builders and the like.

    And that explains why I chuckled at Sarah Wendell’s statement: England has dukes and earls and various forms of nobility; the United States has cowboys.

    Keith Channing A-Zing from http://keithkreates.com

  2. Tarkabarka says :

    I think everyone in my corner of the world knows cowboys from Karl May… Which is a whole Eastern European phenomenon 😀

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

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