Winter Range for Oxen

“About the mid-century . . . it was found that [oxen[ could be wintered on the free grass of the western ranges and would fatten in the process. . . . Alexander Majors made it a regular practice to winter much of his stock on the Laramie Plain or along the Chugwater River in central Wyoming. . .  .

[T]wo seasons of work were all that was expected of the oxen.”