In BUTCHER TOWN, San Francisco, the wholesale butchers keep their cattle in corrals quite a way from the killing pens, ...
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Jesse Brown Cook Scrapbooks Documenting San Francisco History and Law Enforcement
BANC PIC 1996.003:Volume 26:044--fALB
The Bancroft Library
Full titleIn BUTCHER TOWN, San Francisco, the wholesale butchers keep their cattle in corrals quite a way from the killing pens, as they are not any too gentle and cannot be driven without a lead steer to keep them quiet and lead them to the killing pens. These lead steers are very gentle. The cowboys drive them up to the corrals where the beef cattle are, open the gate, and soon the first beef steer starts out of the corral and the lead steer starts on his way, with the cattle following him to the killing pens. The cattle will keep together so long as they have a leader, but without a lead steer they would scatter and the cowboys could not handle them in a city where there is so much noise, as they are from the ranges where all is quiet and still. The lead steer will lead them direct to the killing pens. He enters with the cattle and makes a complete circle around the pen, and comes out. By this time the last steer has entered and the gate is closed. For this work, the lead steer is allowed to go into a field of rich grass and have a good feed. This is a photograph of the lead steer for - H.M. Moffat and Company, wholesale butchers at Third and Arthur Street, Bay View, San Francisco. From Jesse B. Cook, April 12, 1928
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