Cowboy’s Lament: A Life on the Open Range

Freelance book cover design


6 × 9 inches
Hardback cloth with dust jacket
Texas Tech University Press
Fall 2010


In 1870, sixteen-year-old Frank Maynard took a job helping to trail a small herd of cattle from Missouri to Colorado. Thus began his adventures as an open-range cowboy, a ten-year career that coincided with the peak of the great trail-drive era. Maynard’s most enduring contribution sprang from overhearing a version of an old Irish ballad in 1876 and reworking it as “The Cowboy’s Lament,” the standard most recognized today as “The Streets of Laredo.”