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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      • "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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      • 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

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