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View Poll Results: Which of the following states do you most closely associate with cowboys?
Colorado 3 4.29%
Montana 5 7.14%
New Mexico 3 4.29%
Oklahoma 5 7.14%
Texas 23 32.86%
Wyoming 28 40.00%
other (specify) 3 4.29%
Voters: 70. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-03-2012, 03:44 PM
 
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Wyoming is the one place of the country where people who look like cowboys still turn out a lot of the time to actually be cowboys. Sure there's still a few real cowboys scattered around the West in parts--even in parts of California or Oregon or Washington. But in general it's a lot of country(or city/suburban) folks playing dress-up... In Wyoming however, there's some real old school working cowboy types still around. You can sort of sense the difference even when you drive over the more gentrified Montana into Wyoming...

Even in Jackson Hole which is a tourist ski town with a high population of transplant millionaires, you can occasionally get a sense of this. I went to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar which I assumed would be mostly a tourist trap and was surprised when the place on a Saturday night was packed with real grizzled ranch-hands and cowboys in from the surrounding parts. Maybe it was because it was October and shoulder season for tourism, but still it was interesting...

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Old 01-03-2012, 06:06 PM
 
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After seeing Broke Back mountain: Wyoming became cowboy country for me.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:54 PM
 
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If it is about percentage of the population involve in ranching, I'd guess Wyoming.

If it is about the raw number of people who wear Stetsons and boots, I'd say Texas.

One is real, the other is image and tradition.

New Mexico, which is lagging in this poll, has quite a few actual cowboys who even actually ride horses, not drive around in pickups, because much of the range here is mountainous, forested, and rocky. Many of these actual cowboys are Hispanics (not Mexicans) who have been ranging cattle in the mountains for centuries.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:26 PM
 
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Most of the real cowboys I know or have crossed paths with are right here in CA. Based on what I see in pro Rodeo I'd put NV and WY in a tie for first, with CA also well up in the standings. I know it may be a shock not only to people in other states but even citified people here who've never really gotten to know rural CA.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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So far, the largest portion of people say they associate Wyoming with cowboys. This actually surprises me, because I was previously convinced that Texas would come out way ahead of the rest. (Maybe it's due to the Dallas Cowboys or something.). Very interesting.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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Deep in the heart of Texas
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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Why isn't Florida on the list? I would definitely say Florida.
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:31 PM
 
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^Seriously? I've been all over the state of Florida (except Jax), and I never got a "cowboy feel" any place.
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:38 AM
 
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After seeing Broke Back mountain: Wyoming became cowboy country for me.
Too bad as that movie was filmed in Alberta.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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The prominent picture of the Cowboy on Wyoming license plates for the past 75 years (since 1936) has left a pretty strong perception that that is the cowboy state. Although one typically goes several years without seeing a car with Wyoming license plates. I've driven across Wyoming quite a few times, without ever seeing a cowboy in the state. I've probably only seen 2 or 3 cowboys in my life. I've seen a lot more of them in Central and South America. Actually, the Wyoming plates do not show a "cowboy", but a rodeo rider breaking a horse.

What exactly is the definition of a "cowboy"? I would say it is an outdoor range worker who transports himself on horseback while tending cattle.

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