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This is Page 16.

See some past weeks' photos below

See an index of all past weeks' photos here.

See Page 1 here with the current photo of the week.

 

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.

Each week, we'll post selected photos from those received. We'll also share some photos posted previously elsewhere at CowboyPoetry.com.

 

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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.


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October 29,  2007

 

This week's pictures of the West from Rachel, Nevada, are posted in the spirit of Halloween.

Nevada poet, writer, and gathering organizer Smoke Wade shared these photos of the Little A'Le'Inn, from a trip made in the summer of 2007. Home to a top-secret military base, the town is best known today for its connection with aliens and the mysterious "Area 51."

Smoke points out that according to the Associated Press, this year's Nevada Day Parade theme was "The Mysteries of NevadaArea 51" and "drew everything from participants wearing alien costumes to dancing green men atop a high school float."  The parade was held in Carson City on October 27, 2007 and 10,000 to 15,000 people gathered to celebrate Nevada's 143rd year of statehood.

The official Rachel, Nevada web site notes that the town is "located on the world's only Extraterrestrial Highway;  Population: Humans 98, Aliens ??" and that "The nearest gas station is 60 miles south in Ash Springs."

The winner of many Liars' contests, Smoke comments, "Every morning the tow truck drags in flying saucers that have broken down along the highway."

He adds, "The area is also an impressive cattle country with grazing ranches larger than many that I have seen. I don't know how they round up all those skinny cows from such broad expanses of desert." Most of the fewer-than 100 residents in Rachel are involved in ranching.

Mining started in the Rachel, Nevada area in the 1860s. There is an interesting history of the area at the official web site.

 

Previously, Smoke share a circa 1915 photo of his grandfather, J. H. "Jidge" Tippett, taken at the Tippett home ranch on Joseph Creek in Asotin Country, Washington, and other photos of the area, which you can see here.)

He has also shared photos of the gold mining ghost town, Bodie, California, which you can see here.

Read some of Smoke Wade's poetry here.

 


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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. 

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October 22, 2007

Hugh McLennan, British Columbia cattle rancher, horse trainer, singer, storyteller, and host of the award-winning Spirit of the West weekly syndicated radio program, shared photos of his buckskin mare, "Lucky the Wonder Horse."


Hugh McLennan and Lucky

Hugh told us:

I use Lucky in clinics demos and entertainment sets and she earns her keep by doing 2 or 3 full days of ranch work with her every week.

Here's the condensed version of Lucky's biography, from my handbook on ranch horsemanship, Ways of the West.

A number of years ago a buyer for a slaughter house specializing in horse meat got a contract to roundup and ship a truckload of horses that had been running free for generations in a rugged high desert piece of country that makes up the Deadman Creek Indian Reservation. A stocky bukskin mare about 7 years old was in the bunch that had been gathered. She had a young foal at her side. A ranch wife happened to drive buy, saw the horses in the corral and made a deal to buy the pair just before the truck left for the slaughterhouse, and that's  when she gave the name "Lucky" to the buckskin mare.

The next spring after the foal was weaned she sent Lucky and a nice 3 year old gelding to our place for me to start. One of her neighbors with a pretty good eye for horses questioned their judgment. To try and take a 7 year old mustang mare that had never seen humans and make her into a ranch horse? He was skeptical to say the least.

As it turned out the gelding was doing fine after 60 days, but Lucky needed more time and work so I wound up keeping her in part payment for starting the gelding. That's how it started and we've share some wonderful, scary and exciting experiences together since then, and the bond between us is still getting stronger.

Cowboy Country Television filmed a segment on her amazing story recently.   


Billie and Hugh McLennan with Lucky

 

Read more about Hugh McLennan and his Spirit of the West radio program here.

 


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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. 

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October 15, 2007

 

British Columbia poet, gathering organizer, and cowboy Mike Puhallo shared a photo taken in about 1936 of the Alkali Lake Hockey Team in about 1936. 


Vancouver Province Newspaper Archives
From left: Joe Clemine, Pat Chelsea, Mathew Dick, Joe Dan, David Johnson, Alec Antoine (Sylista), Louie Amiel, Peter Christopher, and Alfred Sandy 
 

Since 1998, Mike has been been touring rural areas of British Columbia, and he has used this photo and an accompanying poem in his school programs. He likes to say that he doesn't know many cowboys who aren't also Indians.  Much of his educational work takes him to remote ranching regions of the province, and he has written some poems particularly with that audience in mind.  Mike told us:

All the other course materials are so urban-oriented; you should see how those kids light up when I mention one of their grandpas in a poem.  The men in the photo above were all Shuswap Indians from the Alkali Lake band except Sylista who was a Chilcotin, who had been adopted into the band. Most, if not all of them, worked as ranch hands.

Patrick Chelsea was also noted as a great bronc rider and race horse jockey. Nearly all  of the team members were accomplished rodeo cowboys but they never traveled too far from home.  I have met many of their descendants. most of them are good rodeo hands and working cowboys.

I had several descendants of the team members in the classes I spoke to recently, which was a nice treat for me and for them.  Hockey is still big in that area, as is rodeo in the summer.

The "Alkali Lake Braves" were also the subject of a recent television documentary  produced by CBC Montreal (Hockey: A People's History). The TV producer first heard of the team through my poem being aired on CBC Radio International. They followed up with a little research then came out and filmed the documentary segment at Alkali Lake Ranch. Unfortunately. the whole thing was done in French so they did not use my poem in the film.

Read more about Mike Puhallo's school program here. Here's Mike's Poem:
 

The Dream Team of the Cariboo

Way back in the nineteen thirties,
they were mighty hard to beat.
The Hockey team from Alkali Lake,
Who would not accept defeat.

You know there wasn't very many of them,
so they could not often change their line,
The other teams had about twenty guys,
Alkali just nine.

Mathew Dick, he was the goalie,
Clemine and Johnson played defence,
Sylista was their superstar,
and man he was intense.

Pat Chelsea and Alfred Sandy,
Where Sylista's two main wingers
Joe Dan, Gaby Jack and Squinahan
were back up the second Stringers.

They went by team and wagon,
gone at least three days for every game.
No matter who they played that year,
it ended up the same.

In ragged wore out uniforms,
and old skates with buckskin laced.
They where the Champions of the Cariboo
and beat every team they faced!

They even went down Vancouver,
and played against the best.
and lost that series by just one goal,
against the Champions of the West!

Just nine young Indian Cowboys,
Who came from Alkali,
But boy, they could play hockey,
Put on them skates and Fly.

The New York Rangers, tried to hire Sylista,
But their deal he wouldn't take,
He said "I already got a job,
I cowboy for Alkali Lake."

© 2003, Mike Puhallo
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

In Honour of David Johnson, Mathew Dick, Alec Antoine (Sylista), Joe Clemine, Pat Chelsea, Joe Dan, Alfred Sandy, Gaby Jack, and Francis Squinahan also Louie Amiel and Peter Christopher from Canim Lake who joined them for the Vancouver series.

It should be noted that most of the Cariboo Dream Team members were also very well known for their exploits in the Rodeo Arena as well. Alec Antoine (Sylista) was struck by lightning while fixing a fence in 1938, he died a few months later, without him the team never again reached the same level of competition.

Mike has shared previous a previous photo for Picture the West.

  January 22, 2007

 

Mike Puhallo, photo rustled from his web site

Read more about Mike Puhallo and read some of his poetry here.

 


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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 to share, email us.  

 


 

October 8, 2007

Minnesota poet and rancher Diane Tribitt shared a photo taken in May, 2007 that includes a Sandhill Crane, a fawn, and a squirrel.

Diane told us:

This photo was taken in our calving pasture—it's always nice to know the cattle are in good company!  This photo was taken on a Cuddyback camera that we left in the pasture for two reasons: The boys are hunters and they like to see the population and movement of the wildlife; and we have timber wolf activity, and like to monitor their population and activity in our pastures.

There is nothing more rewarding than riding through the cattle and seeing the wildlife and beauty in bloom around you.  It's one of the greatest rewards of being a cowboy.
 

Diane Tribitt has shared other photos for Picture the West:

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Read more about Diane Tribitt and read some of her poetry here.

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 Share your photos.

If you enjoy this feature, help keep it going! Share 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. 

If you have a photo to share, email us.  

 


 

October 1, 2007

Popular California poet Pat Richardson shared family rodeo photos. Pat was born and raised with livestock, rode colts, worked on ranches in several states, rodeoed, and was a cartoonist for The Pro Rodeo Sports News. He told us about the photos:


Photo by Devere
Pat Richardson on Cuff Burrel Bull at age 16, 1950

Above, I'm on the first bull I ever rode at the first RCA rodeo I'd ever been to. I'd been on three or four cows at little picnic events and rode a lot of colts. He'd bucked off Jerry Fredericks the night before and gave him a good hooking, so I was determined to "ride him to the fence," and luckily it worked. 

 

Here's my son Terry at 16 at Novato (photo by his mother, Jane Richardson, who nearly got run over—the bull looked farther away through the camera—don't ever think she can't run!). Terry won the bull riding, but his mama still holds the track record for crossing the arena in under six seconds.

 

 

Here's Terry again at twenty one in Dallas in 1982. The photographer was Al Long from Granbury, Texas.
                

This is my grandson, Brandon, at age two on my Uncle Leigh's old saddle.

[Pat broke that saddle, and there's another picture of it and the story about what happened in his book, Pat Richardson, Unhobbled, which received the Will Rogers Medallion Award.]

 


Photo by Jess Howard
Pat Richardson, age 21 in Wichita where he rode polo colts for Polo Hall of Fame honoree Willis L. Hartman

 


Pat Richardson at Roseburg, Oregon
Drawing by Pat Richardson

 


Pat Richardson at Yerrington, Nevada
Drawing by Pat Richardson

 


Pat Richardson's son Terry at Hayward, California
Drawing by Pat Richardson

 

 


photo by Yvonne Hollenbeck

Read some of Pat Richardson's poetry and see some of his artwork here.

 


Share your photos.

If you enjoy this feature, help keep it going! Share 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. 

If you have a photo to share, email us.  


 

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See an index of all past weeks' photos here.

 


 

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