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This is Page 134.

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 recollectionsómany with photosócontributed 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.   

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March 12, 2014


Stan Howe, Montana singer, songwriter, musician, storyteller, writer, radio host, auctioneer, Model T authority, and fiddle expert shares photos from his Montana ranch property, along with commentary. The wintry photos were taken the week of March 3, right before a thaw:


I ran out to the ranch and took a few pictures before the snow melted down and settled. It's already settled a lot. This is just the main gate going in with the Elkhorn mountains off to the south and the road running along the east side of my property. The mailboxes are at the east end of the road.


I've had some horses in there until we got all this snow last week, we took part of the fence down to get them out since the main gate is snowed shut, they were ready to head to town and a warm barn with hay to eat instead of digging down to what grass is left.

The little creek that runs right under where the dip in the fence is comes from some springs across the road, runs 24/7 and seldom freezes, the water is about 40 degrees year around, cool in the summer and warm enough to keep it from freezing over in the winter. It joins the main channel of Spokane Creek at the left of the photo where the willows are.


This little creek, though, is all mine. I have all the water right out of it even though it crosses a neighbors property. (I actually let him use whatever water he needs.) My water right goes back to 1871; not hard to see why somebody would settle here. Good water, lots of rocks but decent topsoil for hay, too rocky to grow crops but a pretty place summer and winter. I don't live there, I live in town, closer to a cheeseburger and warm garage to work in but spend time out here whenever I can

Incidentally, that sign on the gate used to read "You are welcome to ride horses here, play in the creek, fish in the ponds or picnic here.  Please leave the gate the way you found it." I need to repaint it. I bought a new backhoe last fall and will be digging a little pond next to the creek and maybe can get some brookies to thrive in it. I like to watch the brookies.

[Here is a spring photo of the creek:]


When I bought this place 15 years ago it was a pile of rocks and junk and you couldn't drive across the fields. We hauled 11 farm truck loads of old posts and fallen down fences and tires and junk off it, then spent three years picking rocks and planting hay crops. I had two girls that were working for me walk the creek and pick the beer cans and crap out of the creek. They filled half the box in my little Jeep pickup with rusty cans and junk. I'm pretty happy with the way it's turning out. Just big enough to justify some machinery and grow some hay to help pay for all the fencing and etc., small enough to not be a full time job. I don't have time to work out there as much as I'd like but enjoy the time I do have there.

Neighbor guy came down one day with a beer in his hand while I was sweating picking rocks and said, "My the Lord certainly brought you a beautiful little ranch." I said, "You remember what this place looked like when he was working it by himself?" There is a lot to be said for doing a little something every day. Pretty soon you actually have something done. I must have given away 20 tons of rocks that were in that alfalfa field. And those were just the ones on top of the ground.

Here is what I like best about this place. I don't fish in it, I don't wade in it and I get frustrated when I'm trying to pump water out of it and it won't pump but I love this little creek. Clear, cold mountain water from the mountains across the highway and the springs.

And here is the pond. This is about 2/3rds of it. Looking north to the neighbor's house.


Stan Howe has contributed other interesting photos to Picture the West:

  (Four parts): Galata, Montana

  Old Montana Buildings

  An old sheepwagon

  An eastern Montana homestead and hayfields

  Remnants of  eastern Montana homesteads, part 2

  Remnants of eastern Montana homesteads, part 1

Dodson, Montana's cowboy bar

  The home place, Westmore, Montana

  Spring fiddlers' show in Pony, Montana

StanBetsy1949.jpg (27787 bytes)   Photos and stories from the family ranch in Westmore, Montana

 Early eastern Montana homestead photos


You can contact Stan Howe: 4433 Red Fox Drive, Helena, Montana 59602, 406-443-5658, email.

Visit his site about Westmore, Montana:  www.westmoremontana.info



January 6, 2014


Bitter, dangerous cold grips the Plains and beyond, and yesterday musician Laurie Wood captured photos from the Conley Camp of the Padlock, near Crow Agency, Montana, where her husband, Duane, cowboys:



In 2008, Laurie Wood shared photos that include her talented daughter, Cora Wood, a popular musician, yodeler, songwriter, and poet, who is accomplished in many other ways as well. See those photos here.

Cora is currently hoping to raise funds for a trip to Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales with the People to People student Ambassadors program. Find more  on Facebook , at her GoFundMe site, and at www.woodwesternmusic.com.


Find more about the Woods at woodwesternmusic.com.




December 30, 2013


We saw some of New Mexico rancher and poet Dennis Russell's photos on his Facebook page and asked if would share a few, with his comments:

Snow and cold weather set in the first day after arriving on the "Jackson Place" and while there seemed to be plenty of grass and water, my mamas were still wondering what was on down the road. I guess, just like the rest of us....

Our five year old Jersey "mothers" 5 or 6 orphan calves, plus her own, each year. My wife Jana and her reliable Dolly turn "poor" calves into healthy weanlings, and pay for a lot of hay to feed the rest of the herd in doing so. Dolly also supplies our home, along with a neighbor or two, with some great whole milk to drink. So when we see the ad  "Got Milk?" We can say, "Plenty of it !"

This is the last shot of our herd on the Chase Ranch near Cimarron where Gretchen Samis and Ruby Gobble put me in the cattle business. The mamas in this photo were born on the ranch and spent their lives on this ranch until now, where they have moved on to new pastures with the passing of my friends Gretchen and Ruby. I thought of Gretchen and Ruby when I first read J.B. Allen's  poem, "A Better Job."  I am sure that the three of them are in "greener pastures" where "the cattle are all fat."'

New shoes for fall. By the time Scout finishes with the fall gather, and all the prowlin' around that goes along with it, as well as the elk hunts he will kick dust on, this new shoe will be "sure enough" wore out.

Find more about Dennis Russell and some of his poetry here.




Weeks of December 16 and 23, 2013

South Dakota cowboy and writer Deanna Nelson offers some photos from last winter, along with captions:

One of the few snows we had last winter that didn't come with
wind, so it coated all the trees and fences.


Taken one morning while doing chores.


Nitro, waiting to feed the fat cattle.


Deanna Nelson has shared many of her outstanding photos previously for Picture the West:

  Summer and fall images

  Branding photos

  Ranch photos

  Winter photos

  Cattle and other critters

  Ranch images


We asked Deanna to tell us something about herself:

Cowboy and writer, transplant from Southern Idaho, via Wyoming, and currently hanging my hat in South Dakota.

I cowboy for a living on a family cow-calf outfit near Murdo, South Dakota. We also pasture yearlings and put up all our own hay during the summer. In my spare time I write and am finishing my first novel. Also, I enjoy quilting and sewing.





   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.

Week of December  9, 2013


Washington state poet Del Gustafson shares a vintage family photo. He writes:

This is a picture of two of my brother-in-laws, Smith's Lane, Francois Lake, British Columbia.

Left to right, Robert Rankin (Bobby) Jeffrey, unknown, Albert Jeffrey and unknown. One of the unknowns could be Orville Loveseth. The fences were probably aspen because they were the most common in that area.

After doing a little checking this picture was taken in the mid 1940s. In the late '40s the boys cowboyed for their maternal grandfather in Glendive, Montana, returning to Francois Lake in the early fifties. They were cowboys, hunters, fishermen, and all-around adventurers. They all died with their boots on.

Robert Rankin Jeffrey Sr. and his wife Christina Muirhead Jeffrey pioneered the Francois Lake area in the early 1900s, coming in with wagons and cattle through Bella Coola, cutting their way through forests, mountains and swamps. They were from Adrie, Scotland but previously he managed the huge shipyard in Singapore, Malaysia where three of their sons and a daughter were born.

They filed on a large area of land where they built homes and ranched. Robert opened a general store at the landing and they started a stagecoach line that delivered the mail, freight and passengers. My father-in-law ranched and was a farrier. Two of my brother-in-laws owned and managed the Standard Oil distributorship and one was a provincial road supervisor. They all continued to ranch to some degree. Their closest neighbors, the Smiths, had Hollywood connections and often had celebrities as guests. They doted on the boys since they had no children of their own. I believe she was a writer, maybe a novelist.

Find more about Del Gustafson and some of his poetry here.









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