Even the Entertainment Was Traumatic

Even the entertainment could be traumatic in No Man’s Land. People would gather at makeshift rodeo stands near Boise City, OK on Saturday afternoons to watch the cow dip. Cattle were herded into a chute and down into a vat of water. Once they hit the water, they were drowned by two cowboys, on either side of the vat, who held their heads down while the beeves bucked. Some of the children didn’t like it–an amusement ride with a sudden death at the end.

Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time

The other cow dip, meant to ward off ticks carrying Texas Fever, weren’t much better given the fact that vats of pesticide cocktails invariably killed the cows swimming through.

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