Sassy and savvy

After the Civil War, Amanda Nite Burks, who married when she was 15, and her husband Bud drove their horses and cattle to Banquette, Texas, and settled there.

In her book Texas Dames—Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History, Carmen Goldwaite quotes from Amanda’s diary to tell the story of her three-month journey on the Chisholm Trail with her husband and a herd of cattle.

Amanda survived electrical and hailstorms, blistering sun, a stampede, a prairie fire and winter cold before she arrived in Kansas.

She started the journey home, Amanda wrote, with “a bucket of frozen buffalo tongues as a souvenir for my friends in Texas. What woman, youthful and full of spirit and the love of living, needs sympathy because of availing herself of the opportunity of being with her husband while at his chosen work in the great out-of-door world?”

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