National Geographic : 1926 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Captain A. W. Stevens THEI AIR MAIL FIELD AT NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA The field is in the foreground and the mail plane hangar is close by the highway bridge. The town appears in the distance. Note the numerous islands in the Platte River. echoed like the ocean beating on a distant shore. Our route skirted the flat bed of the South Platte, where the shallow water divides into a dozen threadlike sluices, broken by little wooded islands and gleam ing stretches of quicksand. Occasional tiny beacon markers in the open fields along the bank marked the night mail's course. A short half hour out we skimmed by Ogallala, once the Gomorrah of the cattle trail, now a respectable-appearing little city, with church spires projecting among its scattered trees, where once had stood long rows of saloons and gambling dens. Iere it was that the "Long Drive" of Texas Texas Crazy longhorns* used to cross, out of past Stinking Water Creek, to the Woman branch of Powder River. "Ten thousand cattle straying, As the rangers sang of old, The warm chinook's delaying, The aspen shakes with cold." And the weary cow-punchers would urge on the heat-maddened herds with "Ip-e-la-ago; go 'long, little dogies; you'll make a beef steer by and by! Here, too, the old Oregon Trail wound through shallow gulches to the North * See "The Taurine World: Cattle and Their Place in the Human Scheme-Wild Types and Modern Breeds," in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE for December, 1925. "