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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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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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December 13, 2010

 

South Dakota ranch wife, quilting champion, and popular poet Yvonne Hollenbeck shares some vintage photos of an invention built by her husband's great uncle. Yvonne and her husband Glen ranch near Clearfield, South Dakota (Population: 1). She writes:

This is the "Hollenbeck Road Grader" invented by Eliga (Lige) Hollenbeck, Glen's great uncle.  Lige sold the patent for $50,000 in the 1890's (which was a huge amount of money back then) and invested in farms in Kansas, which he lost in later years due to drought and the Depression.

Lige also invented an underslung hay sled and with the help of Glen's granddad and another brother, set up manufacturing in Long Pine, Nebraska.  Many a Sandhills ranch still has a Hollenbeck Hay Sled in the machinery lot, although very few are used nowadays.

Here comes the crew!  This is in early day Holdrege, Nebraska:

Here is Lige's horse-drawn outfit. I doubt he had a wire welder like they have nowadays:


 

We found a 1908 article here at the Library of Congress "Chronicling America" site that tells a bit more about the grader, including:

Streets of Holdrege, Neb. have been improved and beautified by a very unique and eminently practical road and street grading machine, the invention of Elijah A. Hollenbeck of Funk, Neb. The machine was built by Mr. Hollenbeck himself....

.... Mr. Hollenbeck, the inventor, is a young farmer who has lived on a farm all of his life. He has had no special training as a machinist, his only education in that line being that gleaned from practical experience in operating thrashing machines and other kinds of machinery.

 

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

  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.


 

December 6, 2010

 

While some parts of the West are under snow, in the Texas Hill Country where poet and writer Linda Kirkpatrick lives, leaves have just turned on the trees. Along with the scenery is the vintage chuckwagon that she and friends cook on, known as the "Hawk's Nest Cattle Company."

She shared photos and some captions:


The Soap Tree...the little balls on the tree were used for soap back when...


Big Tooth Maples...a lot of color here.
 


Sumac tree...this turns a beautiful red in the fall but due to the extra warm weather this year the trees didn't hold their leaves
 


The road to my place...
 


The Hawk's Nest Cattle Company wagon.


(photo by Rick Verde)


The cooking fire
 

 
A recent creation

Linda Kirkpatrick has shared many other interesting Picture the West photos:

   The old home ranch house

  Garner State Park

  Horses and horsewomen in her family

  Raising goats in Texas

  Vintage dolls from a ranch girl's life

   Photos and a story about the wild hogs of Frio Canyon in Texas Hill Country

  Sheep and goat ranching photos from the 1950s and later

    1930s photos from her Texas hometown's history

lkFLEMINGfinal.JPG (40636 bytes)  A 1905 family photo, Texas Ranger family history and contemporary photos

lkwatsonsmj.JPG (24370 bytes)  A 1930s-era photo of cowboy polo team


Photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.

Read more about Linda Kirkpatrick 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.


   

        

       

     

       

     

     

     

    

     

   

     

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

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