Big Bend Saddlery
2701 East Hwy 90 Alpine, Tx 79830
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The myth of the cowboy is powerful in American folklore, but the real life of the cowboy was hard, lonely, and rewarding, if one was seeking the less tangible rewards of being close to nature. The modern cowboy or ranch hand uses different methods but works the land with the same love as the icons of the Old West did. John Lincoln went from bookkeeper to president of the Matador Cattle Company, and his view along the way to the top plus his digging into the company founder's files provide the basis for this look at one modern ranching enterprise and its workers. The founder of the Matador Cattle Company was Fred Koch, who built up a large, successful engineering firm, and with its financial rewards began to fulfill his dreams of ranching by purchasing prime ranch properties in Kansas, Montana, Texas, and Wyoming. Upon Fred Koch's death, his sons Charles and David took over the family business—Koch Industries, Inc.—and it became one of the wealthiest family-owned companies in the nation. Lincoln provides an entertaining and humorous view of modern ranch life in his stories of individuals who have lived this life in the employ of the Koch family and of the day-to-day activities on several of the largest ranches in the Matador Cattle Company. His love for the land and its caretakers comes through in his words and urges that anyone with dedication and willingness to work hard can live close to beauty and nature by working on a ranch.
Order with Confidence from Big Bend Saddlery. We make only top quality products from the best materials that money can buy. We stand behind all our products with a guarantee against defects in materials or workmanship. We want you to be 100% satisfied with any product you buy from Big Bend Saddlery. If not, simply return it to us for a credit, refund or exchange. Items eligible for returns must be received by to our store within 30 days and items must be new, unused and contain original product packaging and accessories. Some items are non-returnable such as CD's, DVD's, Video Tapes, Books, and Customized Items. Shipping charges will not be refunded unless we are at fault in shipping incorrect or damaged merchandise.
We stock or have access to many products not shown on our website, and would be happy to help you find anything that we can. We do custom leatherwork and custom silverwork.
As far as we can tell, our shop was opened in 1905. It was named for this area, the Big Bend Region of Texas, which got its name from the bend or turn made by the Rio Grande River just south of us. We are located in the Davis Mountains with the 800,000-acre Big Bend National Park to the south. We are a small shop located on the east side of Alpine, Texas with employees who feature personalized, friendly service. Let us help you any way we can.