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The “Horse Queen”: Kitty Wilkins

Katherine Caroline, aka “Kitty,” Wilkins was born in Nevada and moved to Bruneau County, Idaho with her family is the 1880’s.  She joined the family’s cattle and horse ranching business at the age of twenty-one in 1879.  Her father began taking Kitty to horse shows and she found that she had a knack for the business and decided to begin her own horse ranching business.  She is said to have chosen horses because they were more profitable and less difficult to work with.  She began her business with just one horse, which she stated she bought with $40 she received as a gift, and a contract with the U.S. Army.  Her business boomed and was soon selling almost 600 horses per year.  Some years were even more exceptional, such as 1895 when Kitty sold over 3,000 horses.   

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