West Side Cowboy
30" x 40"
Oil on textured canvas
The West Side Cowboys were employed by
New York City to ride
on horseback in front of street-level freight trains to clear
pedestrians off the tracks of 10th Ave.,
also known as “Death Avenue.”
The locals called them "dummy boys" as they
preceded the "steam
as not to spook the local horses and to
stop the carnages. The Cowboys were phased
out after the High Line was built, raising train traffic to the
third story of industrial buildings.