Buckaroos hard at work at the Ninety-Six Ranch in northern Nevada
In northern Nevada, ranch hands aren't called cowboys, they're called buckaroos. The word "buckaroo" comes from the Spanish word vaquero. (In Spanish, vaca means cow.) In the early days of settling California, when it was still owned by Mexico, the Spanish landowners used vaquero to describe their herdsmen and horsemen. Buckaroo is the American version of vaquero. Today, buckaroos are men and women who ride horses on the range and work with cattle.