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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 recollectionsó many with photosó contributed by BAR-D visitors.  Your stories and photos are welcome.


Week of August 9, 2010


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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Picture the West can be a weekly feature only if you share your photos. Help show a worldwide audience the real West.

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Byrl Keith and Barbara Chadwell of Oregon share photos and comments from the Grand Canyon. Keith writes:

After selling our ranch and supposedly retiring, Barbara and I took jobs at the Grand Canyon, I worked as a mule guide and Barbara at the transportation desk, which dealt with the mule riders. We worked there on and off for several seasons over a couple of years.

 
Mule riders have been traveling the Bright Angel Trail into the inner Grand Canyon for over 100 years. Multiple thousands of folks have been privileged to experience the wonderment of the inner Grand Canyon, below the rim, on the back of a mule, mule riders have been guided by knowledgeable, dedicated mule guides who have kept them safe and provided them with an experience that, most often, is simply referred to by mule riders as: "Awesome." It is truly an indescribable experience.


Bright Angel Trail


Plateau Point

The day rides down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point and back or the overnight ride to Phantom Ranch and back up the South Kaibab trail are experiences that young and old have been able to experience for many, many years. Additionally, many with handicaps have been accommodated by Mule Barn managers and dedicated mule guides, because it was the right thing to do and without the mules and commitment by managers and guides, this "awesome" experience would have been next to impossible.

Sadly, Park Service administrators have recently found all kinds of excuses to bow to the pressures of special interests and have discontinued the day rides down the Bright Angel trail. No more day rides below "the rim" from the South Rim. Park Service administrators have also, recently, taken the mule rides back to the South Rim from Phantom Ranch, off of the South Kaibab trail entirely. Terry Wagner of Mule Magazine has done a series of comprehensive articles which does a fair and balanced job of reporting this sad story.


 
Yet another part of our Western heritage which has been eliminated by modern special interests...

Read more about Byrl Keith Chadwell and some of his poetry here.

 


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