This is for old timers.At least some one my age or older and I have been 34 for a number of years.
Back in the days of black & white TV, there was a show about cattlemen. It ran from the mid 50s to the early to mid 60s.It has been said this show was about John R & Ab Blocker.I had a ggrandmother who was a Blocker.My grandfather went on cattle drives with them and a cousin said her father told her he lived with them for a while.
John Rufus Blocker is said to havebeen the biggest cattlebaron in the world.On one cattle drive alone, he had more than 25,000 head of cattle.He even had the President of the United States to intervene to let him get cattle through an area that had a ordinance against cattle drives.It is said that every herd of cattle in Texas today has the Blocker strain in it.HIs ranching ended when his sons did not want to continue and that is actually how the series ended.
Someone has suggested it was Rawhide.However I believe Rawhide came along because the TV series I am thinking about was so successful.
It seems like the show was called Dynasty.I know there was a soap opera show called Dynasty a few years back but that is not what I am thinking about. Dan Blocker of Bonanza fame claimed to be kin to them.I read an article in TV Guide where he stated this.But my father (he is not on the side the Blockers are) said that the Ponderosa was just a little cow pasture compared to John R. Blocker's.