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The Family History Files of Dalton Ray Phillips






I don't claim to be an artist but I do like to draw. I do a lot of it now that I am retired. I am pretty much home bound and drawing is relaxing for me. I do all of my drawing with a mechanical pencil loaded with 2B leads. PLAIN AND SIMPLE - THAT IS MY WAY. 

At last count, I had almost 400 sketches stashed away in my digital achieves. Some good, some bad, most about average

- all done by me. I typically turn out 2 or 3 new sketches every day. 

I will refresh this page often with new drawings.


If you have comments, suggestions or criticism just send me an email.

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Cowboy fresh off the range at the end of a long cattle drive.  
The Rangers on the early Texas frontier were minutemen and had to be ready to ride on short notice. The big requirements were to own a side arm and a rifle and know how to use them and be able to ride hard and fast.  
Bringing in a stray.  
Being a cowboy was hard work. There is more to it than riding a horse and chasing cows. The buildings had to be maintained, fences had to be mended, windmills had to be maintained, the outhouses had to be kept clean and useable, nursemaiding sick foals and calves and on and on. A ranch hand did it all, for around $100 a month and his keep  
Old west Peace Officer. In those days it was hard to tell the outlaws from the the lawmen. The big difference was that  the lawmen wore badges.  
Bounty Hunter.  
Gun for hire.  
Fighting up close. This drawing depicts two men dying in close up combat. The soldier has been stabbed in the belly - not much hope for him. A shot has been fired from the soldiers pistol that will hit the warrior in the middle of the back. Curtains for him, for sure. It was a hard life and many men died young.There was savagery on both sides  
A cowboy holding a big iron. A cowboys most valued possessions were his  pistol, his boots and his saddle.Horses were usually provided by the ranch owners. If a cowboy was lucky enough to own a horse, it was also on his list of treasures. .
A U.S. Army Cavalry Colonel. There was not much for these old guys to smile about.  
A Cavalry Scout watching a Comanche village on the prairie. There is not much to hide behind out there.  
Boy meets girl. A cowboy has conversation with a saloon girl.  
Old friends meet at the fence.  
The Earp party walks to the OK Corral. It is hard to imagine what was going through their minds.


A cowboy makes a quick exit from an outhouse after finding out that he is sharing the facilities with an eight foot long Texas bullsnake. These snakes are not poisonous but they are bad tempered and aggressive. They will inflict a painful bite which can easily get infected and cause problems. They often chase after you after being disturbed.  
The saloons were popular gathering places and a good place for the cowboys to get in trouble.  
Living on love. The cowboys that survived usually settled down with a good woman. Love will prevail.  
The long walk home. Many of these men became cowboys. Texas beef was in demand . Large cattle drives took Texas cattle from Texas to Kansas or other points in the mid-west where there were railroads. Cowboys were always needed for these drives.  
A Mexican charro.  
Repent! The parsons with their flocks were always out - telling the cowboys to repent and offering them salvation. Then as now there were not many takers.  
All too often, minor disagreements turned into gun battles in the old west.  
A chuckwagon cook: "Keep your hands off the vittles til you hear me ring the bell."  
The cowboys hated to be scolded by the ladies of the Women's Temperance Committee.  
A mountain man circa 1850.  
An English born cattle baron from the old west.  
A cowboy spends some quiet time with a young horse on the prairie by a salt block. Ranchers scatter blocks of salt around on the grazing land for the cattle. Horses like to lick on these salt blocks too.  
John Simpson Chisum - cattle baron.  




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