Wally McRae

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Wally McRae (1990)

Wally McRae (born 1936) is a rancher, an American cowboy, a cowboy poet and philosopher. He runs the 30,000-acre (120 km2) Rocker Six Cattle Co. ranch on Rosebud Creek south of Rosebud, Montana.


Wally McRae attended grade school and high school at nearby Colstrip, Montana. He graduated from Montana State University in 1958 in zoology and chemistry.[1]

He received the Governor's Award for the Arts in Montana and the 1990 National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Award.[1][2] He was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve on the National Council of the Arts. The Missoulian has listed Wally as #42 in the Most Influential Montanans of the Century.[3]

The American journalist Charles Kuralt discusses McRae's efforts to preserve the land and the cowboy way of life in the small community in his book, Charles Kuralt's America.[4] The poem Things of Intrinsic Worth appears in this interview.


  • Stick Horses and Other Stories of Ranch Life
  • Cowboy Curmudgeon and Other Poems
  • Up North is Down the Crick: Poems
  • It's Just Grass & Water: Poems
  • Things of Intrinsic Worth: Poems


  1. ^ a b Montana State University article
  2. ^ National Endowment for the Arts
  3. ^ "100 Most Influential Montanans of the Century". The Missoulian Newspaper. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  4. ^ Charles Kuralt, "Charles Kuralt's America," Anchor Books, published by Doubleday, 1995. pp. 205-208.