Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 36

Cowboy Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 20, 2005 on The History Channel
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Cowboy Tech
Today's cowboy plants one boot firmly in the traditions of the Old West and the other in the world of modern technology. Beginning in the 19th century, the era in which the American cattle industry boomed, we examine cowboy technology. Learn how North American cowboys converted saddles, ropes, spurs, and other equipment originally developed by the Spanish, into tools of the trade perfectly suited for the developing cattle industry. And see how the invention of barbed wire revolutionized the cowboy's world. Step into the 21st century with today's cowboys who use computer chips, retinal scans, DNA evidence to round up cattle rustlers, and high-tech digital-imaging devices to aid in shoeing horses...and ride ATVs as often as their horses. In the world of rodeo, witness today's cowboys as they utilize advanced theories of genetics and artificial insemination in an attempt to breed the perfect bucking bull.moreless
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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • "Bodacious" -considered the "World's Most Dangerous Bull" - was ridden for the full 8 seconds only 8 times in 135 attempts. He was so feared that he was retired in 1995, to protect the riders.

    • The Winchester Model 1873 rifle was so popular that it was kept in production until 1923. More than 720,000 of the firearms were manufactured.

    • During the 1880's. the 3 million acre XIT Ranch in Texas was the largest in the West. It employed 150 cowboys, who herded more that 150,000 head of cattle.

    • Between 1867 and 1881, cowboys drove more than 4 million head of cattle from Texas to railheads in the North.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Charley Ward
      Trick Roper, Ward Ranch

      Charles P. Schroeder
      Director, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

      Tim O'Byrne
      Author "Cowboy and Buckaroos: Western Horsemen"

      Don Reeves
      Curator, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

      John David Rule
      Saddlemaker, National Saddlery Co.

      Ron R. Foland, DVM
      Veterinarian, Wagonhound Land & Livestock

      Matt Johnston
      General Manager, Wagonhound Land & Livestock

      Cleon Kimberling, DVM
      Colorado State University

      Bernard E. Rollin, DVM
      Colorado State University

      Bruce Golden, DVM
      CEO/Co-Founder, Optibrand Ltd.

      Jim Yager
      World Fast Draw Specialist

      Tom Ward
      Old West Historian, Ward Ranch

      Joe Merrick
      Executive Director, American Bucking Bull Inc.

      Scott Pickens
      Regional Director, American Bucking Bull Inc.

      Jim Bob Nall
      President, CEO, Great Plains Breeder Service

      Bill Beaty
      Owner, Rockin' & Bucking Machines Inc

      Tom Caywood
      Trainer, Sierra Ranch Performance Horses

      Executive Producer: Don Cambou
      Writer: Greg Goldman
      Producer: Greg Goldman
      Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
      Associate Producer: Michelle Raven
      Editor: Motoshi Wakabayashi
      Narrator: Max Raphael
      Music: Alan Ett Music Group
      Producer: Bruce Nash
      Creator: Bruce Nash
      Production Manager: Shelia Collins
      Post Producer: Tim Knauff
      Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
      Director of Research: Allison Boon
      Production Controller: Dani Eslin
      Accountant: Sheridan Liu
      Accountant: Lisa Casella
      Accountant: Paulette Pantoja
      Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
      Researcher: Uldis Balodis
      Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel
      Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell
      Coordinator: Brad Skiles
      Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
      Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
      Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
      Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
      Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
      Camera: Bill Hitchcock
      Camera: Lon Magdich
      Camera: Neil Rodgers
      Field Audio: Greg Irwin
      Online Editor: John Price
      Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
      Animation: TAK Productions, INC
      Animated Maps: Adam Goodwin
      Historical Consultant: Don Reeves
      Historical Consultant: Charles P. Schroeder

      Special Thanks:
      Leslie Caywood, Sierra Ranch Performance Horses
      Tom Caywood, Sierra Ranch Performance Horses
      David Danciger, Tybar Ranch
      Matt Danciger, Tybar Ranch
      Matt Johnston, Wagonhound Land & Livestock
      David Matuszak
      National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
      At Nicholas, Owner, Wagonhound Land & Livestock
      Lee Nilmeier
      Tim O'Byrne, Author, "Cowboys & Buckaroos" Western Horseman Books
      Kenny Taylor
      P.W. Ward, Ward Ranch

      Supervising Producer: Doug Gordon
      Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
      Produced by Actuality Productions