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This is Page 104.

See some past photo entries below.

See an index of all past photos here.

See Page 1 here with the current photos.

 

We welcome your pictures. We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We're looking for vintage photos and contemporary photos: family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo to share, email us for information about sending it to us.


 

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If you enjoy this feature, you may also be interested in our 
Western Memories Project, the personal recollections— many with photos— contributed by BAR-D visitors.  Your stories and photos are welcome.



We welcome your photos.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

Share your part of the West or the West of your past. To send photos and their descriptions, just email them to us.   


previous  photos

index of all photos


 

March 12, 2012

Spirited artist Paulette Tcherkassky and Western singer Michael Tcherkassky host the Whistle Stop Ranch Fall Cowboy Roundup each October at their place in Acton, California, in the Sierra Pelona Mountains.

Paulette shared some recent photos of her views and the resident owls:

 


This year's Whistle Stop Ranch Fall Cowboy Roundup (October 27) includes Dave Stamey, Gary Robertson, Eddie Villalobos, and Michael Tcherkassky. Find more at www.BigHatonline.com.
 

 

Paulette has shared previous Picture the West photos:

  a day at the Whistle Stop Ranch

 

Paulette Tcherkassky "is a fine artist and graphic artist who creates custom, hand-painted Western-themed neckties worn by the best-dressed gentlemen. Many of her one-of-a-kind neckties have become popular collectors' items."
Find more at her web site, www.paulettespalette.net.

 

 

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


 

March 5, 2012

Wyoming poet, writer and local historian Jean Mathisen Haugen shares two vintage family photos and describes them. Eight generations of Jean's family have ranched in the Lander area.

This photo is of my great grandfather, Andrew Mathisen, and his son-in-law, Axel "Snake" Henricksen, taken while Andrew was cleaning a hog he had killed. Snake was a bit of a "dandy" and is standing as far from Andrew as he can get away with. The photo was taken at the Mathisen homestead in Deadman's Gulch, near Lander, Wyoming in 1921 or 1922.

Snake was married to my great aunt Blondell Mathisen. They later divorced and she married Homer Whitehead. Blondell and her daughter, Irene Henricksen Pecoraro, were both cowboy poets and published a couple books of cowboy poetry in the late 1970s. They were also among the first cowboy poets from Wyoming to attend the Gathering at Elko in 1985.

Andrew Mathisen was born in Salt Lake City on February 4, 1867, shortly after his mother and two brothers had arrived there by ox train in the fall of 1866; he later moved to near Lander from Kamas, Utah with his wife Sophie and children in 1902. He died in 1933 from the effects of tick fever.  Blondell lived to be 96 and died in 2000. She was supposed to have been Lander's first rodeo queen in 1921 at the Lander Pioneer Days Rodeo.
 

This is my grandfather, Walt Mathisen, with his team and wagon in 1924. He helped build the first highway south of Lander that year and this was some of his equipment.
 

Jean Mathisen Haugen has contributed other interesting photos and stories, including:

  A vintage Lander photo

  Early Wyoming ranch life

  A photo of her great uncle's old cabin

"Great-Great Grandpa Gambled—With a Ranch and a Daughter"

A story about Western artist and "flintnapper" Tom Lucas from Lander, Wyoming

A story about her grandfather, Walt Mathisen; eight generations of Jean's family have ranched in the Lander area.

The story of a tree planted by her family over 117 years ago

A story about her family's brand, "Saga of the Old ND Brand Continues for 123 Years" in our Western Memories pages

 

Read more about Jean Mathisen Haugen, some family ranch history, and some of her poetry here.

 

 

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


February 27, 2012

Popular South Dakota poet, quilting champion,  and ranch wife Yvonne Hollenbeck shares a photo of ranchers Glen Hollenbeck (her husband) and Dick Halligan. She writes:

This is how “real cowboys” look and dress (at least in South Dakota in the wintertime). Notice, the one on the right does have a “wild rag” on, although I doubt that it came from the Ralph Lauren collection. They do have boots on, but are covered up by overshoes. They just came in from feeding cattle are on their way out to ride colts....
 

 


The image reminded us of a favorite poem by Yvonne Hollenbeck, which she kindly shares:

Cowboy Fashion Show

As cowboys head toward my kitchen after branding calves today,
my front porch takes resemblance of a fashion-show runway.

First comes a short young cowboy, I think his name is “Lance,”
he’s in a blue BUM tee-shirt and some denim wrangler pants.

He wears a pair of tennis shoes and weathered baseball cap;
“Thank-you Lance” and here we have another well-dressed chap.

Charles wears a striped shirt stretching over his spare tire;
a pair of lace-up ropers is his choice of foot attire.

Again, a pair of Wranglers are the pants he’s chose to wear;
(they would look a darned sight better if he wore a bigger pair)

Here comes handsome Richard with a shirt that’s starched and clean;
his nice physique accentuates the way he wears his jeans.

His choice of boots are Bloochers as he puts ‘em all to test
in his silver belly Stetson hat and custom hand-made vest.

Then some poor cowboy hobbles up and he is quite a sight;
he looks just like a street bum that has just been in a fight.

His poor old hat is filthy and is badly out of shape.
His boots would be in pieces if it wasn’t for duct tape.

His Wranglers, they’re all bloodstained; he must have been the one
that did the castrating …the job that is no fun.

And oh his shirt is awful …his wife must never patch
‘cause it has two buttons missing and a tear across the back.

Then I recognize the buckle, “Champion Roper '64'”
Why, it’s Glen who owns this outfit that comes walking thru the door!

© 2006, Yvonne Hollenbeck
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

Yvonne Hollenbeck has contributed other interesting photos to "Picture the West," including:

   Western entertainers, c. 1957 in Nebraska

  A vintage South Dakota Easter photo

  A family member's invention

  South Dakota then-and-now photos

  A 2009 blizzard

  What "bail out" means on a ranch

  A vintage family photo of Hollenbeck Livery

  Early photos of acclaimed writers Billie Snyder Thornburg, her sister Nellie Snyder Yost, and their family's ranch

  A tintype of her great grandfather, Ben Arnold

  Photos of another fierce winter storm


Read more about Yvonne Hollenbeck, including some of her poetry in our feature here.

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


February 20, 2012


Colorado rancher and poet Terry Nash writes about his photos:

These were taken last spring while we were taggin' calves on our winter pasture near Loma, Colorado. This is my pard Tom Moulden.  The cow and calf involved belong to his 8 year-old granddaughter Brooke.

Terry Nash has shared photos for Picture the West previously:

  photos of gathering bulls in Luster Basin, Glade Park

 

Read more about Terry Nash and some of his poetry here.

 

 

   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


February 13, 2012

 

Bob Wyman sent some images from Las Animas, in southeast Colorado, taken in about 1915. He told us:

[This photo] is of Annas Anderson...He would be a great-uncle to me. He was born in Oklahoma but spent most of his 76 years in Colorado.

Another photo made that day includes my great grandfather and great grandmother putting up hay onto a wagon. Of course Annas is sitting on his horse ,as we all know cowboys were always loath to do anything unless it was on horseback.

My mother was born in Las Animas in 1932. She told me a few stories about the sheriff at that time, by the name of Gates. Sheriff Gates' family all lived at the jailhouse and had once locked my mother in a cell, playfully of course.

The sheriff's son was named Curtis Gates but he changed his name years later when he became the singer in Tommy Dorsey's band (I believe it was Mr. Dorsey's idea) to "Ken Curtis." Ken Curtis is probably best known as "Festus" in the TV series Gunsmoke. Ken Curtis did some comedy recordings as "Festus" in which he talked of his hometown. One comment he made was that the town held a beauty contest but nobody won...
 

Bob Wyman has lived in Colorado since he was 11. He does property maintenance and management; plays and builds/repairs guitars; is a biker; and writes songs. He comments, "Ancestors on my mother's side traveled by covered wagon from North Carolina and other Midwest states to Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado."

 

 

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.



 

February 7, 2012

We saw some of Colorado poet, songwriter, horsewoman, and professional clown and storyteller Susie Knight's photos from the 2012 National Western Livestock Show on her Facebook page, and asked if she'd like to share a few. She kindly did, along with captions:


My favorite bovine, Max, with one heck-of-a-hand, Zilla, at the Bear Creek
Ranch booth.
 


Star, The Texas Longhorn, of Bear Creek Ranch
 


Cole, Star the Texas Longhorn, and Zilla at the Bear Creek Ranch's booth
 

 

Find more about Susie Knight and some of her poetry here at CowboyPoetry.com and at her web site, cowpokesandclowns.com.

 

 

 

See an index of all past photos here.

Find the current photos here.

 

 

 

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