The Train to Elko is a engaging post that celebrates the founding of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, held in the heart of winter for over 30 years in Elko, Nevada.

But far more than that, it puts a spotlight on the rich tradition of this unique form of western folklore. Cowboy poetry has been around for awhile and as the Elko gathering proves, it still has a lively following. “In the late 1800s, when cowboys were beginning to write poetry, the steam locomotive was considered one of the greatest threats to cowboy life. More than a century later, however, the locomotive is nearly obsolete, but cowboy life and cowboy poetry remains vibrant!

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)