|Title||Branding Iron; Bay State Cattle Co.|
|Object Name||Iron, Branding|
|Description||"Half-Circle Block" branding iron from the Bay State Cattle Co. It has a very short handle.|
|Made||Bay State Cattle Co.|
|Place of Origin||USA: Nebraska (Kimball)|
Early Nebraska branding iron from the Bay State Cattle Co. The donor's father, Perry Braziel, was a foreman for the Bay State Cattle Co. Braziel settled in Nebraska in 1879 and later homesteaded in Mitchell Valley.
Bay State Cattle Co. was headquartered near present Kimball. The Bay State, with investors from Massachusetts and Maine, became one of Nebraska's largest open range outfits after buying out other Panhandle cattlemen, including John Creighton and the Coad Brothers in 1883-84.
|Credit line||T.A. and George Braziel, Lincoln (Lancaster), Nebraska|
|Collection||Braziel, T.A. and George|