1888 Bill of Sale for Cattle
The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo ends its two week run this Sunday, February 22. Rodeos began as a direct result of the Southwestern United States’ cattle industry. The industry truly began in the 1500s when the Spanish introduced cattle and horses to the area. After the Civil War, the large amount of cattle in the region coupled with the demand for beef in the Eastern United States made the cattle industry a highly profitable business. The skills that range cowboys acquired eventually led to contests that eventually grew into what we think of as a rodeo.
For more detailed information about the history of rodeos, click here.
Below is a bill of sale for twenty-two cows and calves from G.W. Buttery to J.E.T. Burris dated September 28, 1883. The second page features a list of marks and brands for the cattle. The document is from the library’s Documents Collection (DRT 9).