The Pastures of Beyond - Dayton O. Hyde

The Pastures of Beyond

By Dayton O. Hyde

  • Release Date: 2011-10-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
5 Score: 5 (From 7 Ratings)

Book Details Summary

At age thirteen, Dayton Hyde, a spirited beanpole of a boy, ran away from home in Michigan to Yamsi, his uncle’s ranch in eastern Oregon. This was in the 1930s, and Yamsi was one of the last great cattle ranches of the West. Soon the boy, nicknamed “Hawk,” was riding a horse, soaking up ranch life from the hired hands, and winning the cowboys’ respect.

A natural bronco buster, he eventually became a rodeo rider, bull fighter, clown, and photographer, working all over the West with the likes of Slim Pickens, Rex Allen, and Mel Lambert—all of whom went on to careers in Hollywood—and selling pictures to Life magazine. After the Second World War, he took over the reins at Yamsi, ensuring its survival in changing times. Now, half a century later, he gives us his valedictory ode to that last great period of the Old West. Full of humor, rollicking stories, and love of the land, Hyde pays homage to the cowboys, Indians, and great horses that made the West the legend it is today.

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  • The Pastures of Beyond

    By Vicki from Texas
    This is a well-written easy read that brings back memories of stories I grew up hearing about my family. My great grandfather grew up in Indian Territory, my grandfather was a rancher from way back, and my 84 year old cousin rode Broncs in his early days and knew some of the people named in this book! My daughter gave me the book for my birthday after she had been introduced to it by an 85 year old friend. She understands... Should be required reading!
  • Dayton O. Hyde at his best

    By J-S-B
    Having grown up reading Hyde I was thrilled to come upon this great read. The storytelling is the wonderful tales of a West from years gone by. One downside is the digitization of this book is very poor with bad character encodings. Misplaced hyphenation and stray linebreaks galore. Fortunately it’s possible to read past these errors for a great story.