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.