The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950 Page: 275
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Constitutions of Stock Growers' Associations
regulations relating to meetings of the organizations, to mem-
bers, to marks and brands, and to rustling, remain basically
Contrasts in the documents are equally noteworthy. The great
disparity in numbers of items contained in them is due to
the fact that, in recent decades, state legislatures enacted legis-
lation relating to the livestock business. Modern stock growers'
associations, unlike the Mexican Mesta, are not integral parts
of state governments. Every observing student interested in
the history of the trans-Mississippi west, however, knows that,
through the 188o's, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association
was very powerful politically. Members of that organization
sent their spokesmen to the legislative assembly to get laws
passed or amended for the benefit of the cattle business. They
were so successful "that the organization was generally con-
sidered the de facto territorial government."l
The constitutions and bylaws of the Texas and Southwestern
Cattle Raisers Association and the Wyoming Stock Growers
Association are complementary to state legislation. The bylaws
of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association read in part (Section
II) : "The object of this Association is ... to uphold the stock
laws of the State of Wyoming." The Mexican Mesta, with its
extensive constitution of 1574, had manifold functions. But
all three associations worked toward the same end-to promote
the welfare of stock growers.
16W. Turrentine Jackson, "The Wyoming Stock Growers' Association: Political
Power in Wyoming Territory, 1878-189o," The Mississippi Valley Historical Review,
XXXIII (March 1947), 571-572. A well-known work on this general subject is Louis
Pelzer, The Cattlemen's Frontier, a Record of the trans-Mississippi Cattle Industry
from Oxen Trains to Pooling Companies, z85o-z89o (Glendale, Calif., 1936).
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