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Phillips County Museum News for Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Does anyone recognize the term “cocktail guard”? Sounds like a fun job.

Maybe a time to gather at a bar or lounge for cocktail hour? Complete different meaning for a cowboy. After a long day on the trail a spot would be found to hold the herd for the night. It would have both water and grass available.

The cattle would be watered and allowed to graze. Then with basic needs met the cattle were ready to lie quiet and chew their cuds. It was nearing twilight and soon to be dark. This period was called the “cocktail guard”. It was a time of rest for the herd and a time the cowboys cou...


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