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

December 11, 2006


About the photo:

Andy Nelson shared this early 1950s photo and told us:

The photo was taken in the early fifties when Dad and Mom worked on the Wine Cup ranch just over the Utah border from Idaho up Grouse Creek. (Interesting side note, the same region is called Grouse Creek on the Utah side and Goose Creek on the Idaho side.) That's an interesting cross breeding of birds!

Dad was out with the team feeding the cows and Mom and my older brother Pat went along to "help" and they fell asleep on top of the hay wagon.

You can read more about Andy Nelson and read some of his poetry here.


December 4, 2006

About the photo:

Linda Kirkpatrick shared this 1930s-era photo and told us:

The most interesting cowboy in my life was my uncle Joe D. Tomberlin.  "Joe D." was born August 5, 1905 in Kimble County, Texas.  To the chagrin of my Philadelphia-born mother, he was the first to put me on a horse, when I was just a few days old.  Like the t-shirt of today, mine would have read, "If Mom or Dad say no, ask Joe D."

He was raised in an orphanage and took off cowboying at a very young age. He truly had to make it on his own.  Joe D cowboyed in the Big Bend area of Texas, and two of the requirements were to have a fast horse and firearm. He was a descendent of Creed Taylor, a noted Texas Ranger and Indian fighter.

This photo is of the Watson Divide Polo Team.  The polo teams from this part of Texas during the 1920s and 1930's were an exciting bunch of men.  They were the true working cowboys from the ranches and the competition at the polo events were tough.  The horses that they rode were also the horses that they used in their ranch work. (Joe D. is the fifth from the left.)

Watson Divide is an area in Kimble County, Texas.  This Watson Divide team won the area title and traveled all the way to San Angelo, Texas to compete with the champs from that area.  I don't know who won that particular event, however, if Joe D. was telling the story, I am quite sure he would say that the Watson Divide team won.  He was known to embellish his stories just a bit.

In addition to seeing to it that I was spoiled, he was such a full-of-life cowboy.  I know that if he were here today he would be following me to each and every gathering and more than likely stealing the show.  He always had a story to tell.

You can read more about Linda Kirkpatrick and read some of her poetry here.

November 27, 2006

About the photo:

Jeri Dobrowski shared this 1907 photo and told us:

The notation on the back of this real photo postcard reads "1907 Haying Crew on Powder River." It was among my maternal grandmother, Edna Lucille (Wildman) Campbell's, collection of family photos. Dated 1907, it would have been taken when the Campbell Ranch, Custer County, Montana, was owned and operated by my great-grandfather, Edward Campbell. My grandfather, Orvel Campbell, would have been six years old at the time. Today, my cousin and her husband, Cassie and Bill Erickson, operate the ranch located on the east bank of the Powder River.

I treasure the photo for a couple reasons. First, it shows the period clothing of working cowhands. They weren't dressed up to impress a photographer. Theirs is workaday gear: suspenders and neck scarves were common; hats and boots, a must. Secondly, look at the china coffee cups they're holding. They all match! My great-grandmother must have taken her role as hostess quite seriously. One fella is clearly holding a sandwich; a couple others appear to be eating bars or cookies.

Today, mail to the ranch comes by way of Ismay. In previous years, the address was Kimball and then Mizpah. The area was formerly known as Hockett. Fashion and postal name changes aside, the unforgiving landscape has remained constant. It's a dangerous country to ride, with greasy, gumbo slopes when it rains and sink holes caused by turbid water racing toward the river. With the potential for blizzards, lightning storms and flash floods, it's wise to stay alert to changing weather conditions.

You can read more about journalist and photographer Jeri Dobrowksi and read her Cowboy Jam Session column, and see some of her photos here (and see many photos in galleries at her photography site)

November 20, 2006

About the photo:

Al Mehl's poem, "The Great Depression," led us to ask him if he had a photo to accompany it. Al sent this photo (and others, posted with his poem) and told us:

Times were hard in the early 1930's.  There certainly wasn't enough spending money to buy fancy toys from the local department store.  But on the Mehl family farm near Abilene, Kansas, the kids could always pull out the homemade sled and create some winter fun on the snow.  In this photo, a very young Clint Mehl, my father, stands atop the sled pulled by his older sister, Elva.

You can read more about Al Mehl and read some of his poetry here.


November 13, 2006


About the photo:

Fifth-generation rancher, poet, and writer Deanna Dickinson McCall shared this circa 1912 photo of her grandfather. Deanna told us:

The picture was a post cardthat was quite a fadof my grandfather Perry Preston Dickinson. He went by "P.P." He was born in Denton County, Texas in 1896 to a ranching family. He got itchy feet and rode to Arizona at the age of 12 and stayed there quite a while. He "courted" my Granny back in Texas and had the card made for her. The picture was taken in the vicinity of Grand Canyon. It is signed "The 10X Bronc fighter," as he was  the rough string rider and was working on the 10X ranch at the time. (Men weren't boys for very long in those days!)  He was a great influence in my life and taught me many of the old stories, songs, and how to ride. He later was a Marshall and a special agent of the Texas Rangers.

You can read more about Deanna Dickinson McCall and read some of her poetry here.



November 6, 2006


About the photo:

South Dakota rancher, poet, and writer Robert Dennis shared this circa 1923 photo of his father and uncles. Robert told us:

The picture of the three boys is a picture taken by my grandmother, Elizabeth. The three boys are Harry, Roy and Wayne Dennis, respectively. This would have been taken about 1923 on the land homesteaded by the boys' father and grandfather, the ranch we now own.

The trees were hauled in the back of a wagon, from the Belle Fourche river (about 30 miles south of here) by my grandfather, who was coming back from Wasta (about 50 miles south). He had the ground worked up and planted the trees when he got home with them. He just pulled them from a sandbar and threw wet sand over their roots. Almost all of them grew and many are still alive today, almost 100 years later. He planted them in about 1920. My parents moved a house in on the downwind side of them when they took over the ranch and that is the house we now live in.

Harry and Wayne (a decorated WWII veteran) lived on this ranch as adults, ranching with their father, Walter, until they decided there were more opportunities in town. Roy (my father) was the last to ranch here and bought out his father and mother in 1950. Cindy and I bought the ranch from my parents in 1994. We are the fourth generation and our grandchildren are the 6th. We hope to continue to keep this land in our family for another hundred years at least!

You can read more about Robert Dennis and read some of his poetry here.



October 30, 2006


About the photo:

California poet and horsewoman Janice Gilbertson shared this circa 1917 photo of her grandmother, taken in West Texas. Janice told us:

This is my grandmother, Kathleen Talmage Norwood, taken in West Texas in about 1918. She is with her horse Lucky Boy. My father was born about 1917 and always remembered Lucky Boy well.  He said his mother was just crazy about that horse. Kate, as I always called her, was quite a gal of her time. She was an avid horsewoman, smoked, and was divorced from my grandfather when my father was just a young boy. She managed quite well on her own from then until old age. I both feared and admired her when I was a young girl. She liked me because I shared her passion for the horses. To this day, I love it when family members say that I remind them of her.

You can read more about Janice Gilberston and read some of her poetry here.


October 23, 2006


About the photo:

South Dakota rancher and poet Ken Cook shared this 1935 photo of his Grandmother Buckles and some of her children.  Ken told us:

The story goes that Grandma went to town once a year for the "Old Settlers Day Celebration." Grandma and Grandpa did not own a car till approximately 1939...So they loaded up and into Merriman, Nebraska they went. It was not a long trip, because they lived one mile east of Merriman.  My mother, Betty Marie (Buckles) Cook is on the far right in the white blouse, age 4.

You can read more about Ken Cook, some of his poetry, and see some photos of the current generation here




See the current Photo of the Week on Page 1 here.





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