Visiting a Texas Legend
“His eyes speak to folks he’s never met. They see his hard work and determination. He’s a Texas legend, and I’m honored to now call him a friend.” -Jeremy Enlow
We caught up with recently retired Waggoner cowboy Bobby Daniel. He lived and cowboyed on the ranch from 1965 until his retirement in April 2016.
For the last 51 years, Mr. Daniel and his wife lived in a house on the sprawling Waggoner Ranch. These days they reside in the small town of Seymour, Texas, not far from the southern border of the Waggoner.
Mr. Daniel is adjusting to retirement. “I get to get up when I want to and do what I want during the day,” Daniel said smiling, looking at his newly acquired goats. Mr. Daniel’s five goats and four chickens keep him entertained. “I’d like to get a few more goats but the prices are high right now,” he said.
The Daniel Family Legacy
In the corner of his barn, his saddles and ropes collect dust. Since 1949, at least one member of the Daniel family was employed on the Waggoner Ranch. At one point, the following eight Daniel cowboys worked side by side for the mighty three D:
Windy Daniel 1949 -1973
Cotton Daniel 1964-2015
Bobby Daniel 1965-2016
Mack Daniel 1971-2014
Casey Daniel 1975-?
Junior Daniel 1977-1987
Brother Daniel 1978-?
Marty Daniel 1979-1984
Eddie Daniel 1980-1993
Shawn Daniel 1989-1994
Bobby Daniel was the last Daniel family member to work on the Waggoner Ranch.
“At the book signings, Bobby Daniel is always a popular subject among readers,” Jeremy Enlow, publisher and photographer of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch book said. “Readers love his portrait and always want to know more about him. His eyes speak to folks he’s never met. They see his hard work and determination. He’s a Texas legend, and I’m honored to now call him a friend.”
See more of Jeremy’s visit with Bobby Daniel in the gallery below.