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MAKI GFaUn ttleDrive
o. Cowboy ana C ttle Drive6
Finding a way to make learning
history fun can be the key to ensuring
that young minds grasp the
concepts and develop a lifelong
appreciation of the subject matter.
The Longhorn Game, developed
by Chatham Hill Games in cooperation
with the Buffalo Gap Historic
Village and the Grady McWhiney
Research Foundation in Abilene,
does just that. The cut and fold
board game tells the story of the
cattle drives and forces players to
contend with all of the hardships of
the trail including rustlers, Indians,
and ornery buffalo. It is recommended
as a great tool for seventh
grade teachers preparing Texas history lessons.
In the Longhorn Game, players take on the role of a
trail boss working for a ranching outfit; the object is to
drive a herd of cattle to market and sell them at the best
possible price. Each player starts with 12 cowboys and 500
head of cattle and heads north, driving the herd over the
long, dusty miles to cow towns like Wichita, Abilene, and
_ ug-1 LDodge City. The game shows Texas,
the Indian Territory, and Kansas,
along with other states and territories
and cattle trails as they were in
the early 1870s.
According to Don Frazier, professor
of history at McMurry University in
Abilene and a consultant to the game
developer, "There were many factors
that influenced the success or failure
of cattle drives, including economics,
timing, and any number of hardships.
The Longhorn Game helps students
learn that they have to be moneysmart,
time-sensitive, and a little
lucky in order to get the most from
their cattle driving efforts."
The Longhorn Game is for sale at the Buffalo Gap
Historic Village in Abilene or can be ordered by calling
(915) 572-5211 or through electronic mail at
"Longhorn" is Ron Toelke 2001 Published by Chatham Hill
Games, Inc., 800-554-3039. Visit that group on the web at
www. chathamhillgames . corn .
HERITAGE SPRING 2003
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