Hooks began his career as a cowboy and wrangler by driving a chuck wagon at the age of nine. Referring to himself as an "Angus among White Faces", he worked for area ranchers such as Charles Goodnight before becoming a porter for the Santa Fe Railroad in 1909.
He retired from the railroad in 1930 and devoted himself to civic affairs in Amarillo. He started the North Heights addition and created the Dogie Club for boys. While still working as a cowboy he founded the first African American church in the Texas Panhandle.
WPA Oral History interviews and a book by Bruce G Todd, Bones Hooks: Pioneer Negro Cowboy.
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