The frontiersmen and women who traveled out west in the 1800's were momentous survivalists. They used what skills they had to survive during a daunting time during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Most cowboys owned little. In fact, their belongings were usually purchased at a store they had to travel miles to get to or they handmade their own supplies. When they needed new belongings, they couldn't walk over to the nearby convenient store. They had to use what they had and learn new skills or wait until they stumbled upon a store in their travels.
You have to admire these brave men and women who went out west to make a living for themselves. It wasn't easy, and they were forced to be mentally and physically strong for a variety of occasions. They traveled long distances while caring for their families without knowing what was just around the bend. Often there was scarce food and little resources available to them.
It's true — cowboys were the ultimate survivalists, and there is still much to be learned from them today.
On the next page, find out why cowboys are still an inspiration to survivalists today. 19th-century cowboys are gone, but their bravery and survival skills live on…