Friday, September 4, 2009

Home on The Range

When these photomechanical prints were made by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1898-1905, the cowboys' way of life was changing dramatically and rapidly. Transcontinental "iron horses" had replaced the Pony Express, wagon trains and stagecoaches. Prior to train travel, only the most hardy and adventurous had made the overland journey across the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, the deserts of the southwest and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Others had braved an oceanic trip around the tip of South America, across the Pacific and up the coast of California.

Just as the Native Americans' lives were changed irreparably when the first settlers moved West, the cowboy way of life eventually changed as well, with the next tide of settlers.


steven said...

hello golden west, this is all so true. i grew up with a very clear image of cowboys - i was " a cowboy" when i was a little english boy. i had the hat, the chaps, the holster and pistol and the imagination to carry it off. in my late teens i travelled to kansas to work on a huge ranch there. the cowboys rounded up the herd with motorcycles! well of course they did - everything was mechanized. sadly, the chore i was assigned to the most often - chipping out the barns - was entirely done by hand!!! ha!!! have a lovely day. steven

Tracy said...

Hi, Golden West! These images bring to mind lots that has been lost through the sand of history. The cowboy still exists, but quite differently now! I love the colors on these images. Happy weekend, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

The Weaver of Grass said...

I always think cowboys in films wer wrongly portrayed - it all seemed such an exciting life, whereas it was probably very hard work and quite dangerous. When visiting Texas last year the only cowboys we saw were at rodeos.