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by nrobertb
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:16 am
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This merry band of stagecoach riders had come out from town to view the site of Bent's Old Fort in southeastern Colorado. Obviously there were no maximum occupancy regulations then. No wonder they needed six horses.
by nrobertb
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:03 am
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Another National Monument is Fort Davis in Texas. Between 1851` and 1891 it guarded the El Paso to San Antonio road. It was named for Jefferson Davis, who was then a cabinet officer under President Pierce. Ft. Union, shown in the previous post, was built of adobe brick and is gradually eroding away....
by nrobertb
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:54 pm
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Fort Union in New Mexico was on the Santa Fe Trail. From 1841-1891 it was a major western army post. It was actually two posts in one. One half was the officers and men who guarded the frontier. Various units served here, including the 6th Cavalry. The other half was the officers and men of the supp...
by nrobertb
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:28 am
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This pair of spurs is by Lytle & Mower.
by nrobertb
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:00 am
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Most modern lariats are fairly stiff so the loop doesn't collapse when it is thrown. As an aside, I found this old cowboy adventure magazine published in 1944.
by nrobertb
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:37 pm
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Lasso and lariat are both derived from Spanish words: lazo and riata (or reata), both meaning rope or lariat. One end of the rope is a fixed loop called a hondo, which makes it easy to form and keep a large loop for throwing. The lariat is usually tied in front of the rider's knee with the saddle st...
by nrobertb
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:10 pm
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The cowboy's lariat or lasso was an all purpose tool. He could rope a steer for branding, pull the chuck wagon out of the mud, or do fancy tricks. Some thought (wrongly) that a stiff new rope laid out in a circle when you were sleeping would keep a rattlesnake from crawling over it.
by nrobertb
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:18 am
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here is a pair of spurs by Earlon Shirley with the Rafter Backwards C brand.
by nrobertb
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:56 am
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The stagecoach got its name because a "stage" was the distance from one station to the next where they changed horses.

This is a stage that operated out of Springfield, Vermont. They sure packed on the luggage. It all looks top heavy.
by nrobertb
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:31 am
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The first time I visited Yellowstone, in 1950, there were "bear Jams" everywhere, as people stopped to photograph and feed the begging black bears. Later the Park Service instituted a strict "no feeding" policy and closed the garbage dumps. The bears faded into the back country and today about the o...
by nrobertb
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:51 pm
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Here is a beautiful Concord stagecoach. Notice the heavy leather straps that support the body and act as shock absorbers. There were two leather "boots". one below the driver and another at the rear to hold items needing protection from dust and rain. Heavy luggage could be tied on top.
by nrobertb
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:56 pm
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All of the hardware in the Old Faithful Inn was done by an onsite blacksmith named Colpitts, and there is some very neat stuff. The mammoth stone fireplace has openings on all four sides.
by nrobertb
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:38 pm
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There have been several large hotels in Yellowstone, most of them long gone now. On my first visit in 1950 one was being demolished. The most famous is the Old Faithful Inn, a huge log structure built in 1903. There is a free tour which includes a look into one of the original bedrooms. The Inn has ...
by nrobertb
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:08 am
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This is a modern replica of a type of coach used to show visitors around Yellowstone. If you are in the Roosevelt area you can ride one of these out to a cowboy cookout.
by nrobertb
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:26 pm
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1913 - In front of one of the big hotels in Yellowstone National Park. A coach packed full of eager tourists, including several kids clustered around the driver. This looks like a mud coach, with a solid roof.

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