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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.
by nrobertb
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:30 pm
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Here is a coach somewhere out west. It looks like they are ready for anything, with two armed guards on top. These were usually pulled by four horses. Each one had a single rein, so the driver had two reins in each hand. Note the slightly longer coach body. The small windows on each side of the door...
by nrobertb
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:26 pm
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The heavy Concord coach was better suited for developed roads. The lighter and cheaper "mud coaches" were actually the ones that pioneered the west.
by nrobertb
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:52 pm
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"spurred him on" rofl

Here's an interior view of the coach shown above. There isn't much leg room. I assume the leather strap is for the passengers to hold onto as they bounced and swayed over the dirt roads.
by nrobertb
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:09 am
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When I was talking about rolling stock I did not include the stagecoach, seen in practically every western ever made. The body was suspended on leather straps (buffalo hide perhaps) and was in constant motion. I wonder if people spoke of "coach sickness". The Concord coach was used all over the coun...
by nrobertb
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:54 pm
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Oh my gosh, people keep viewing this thread and I just can't help myself. A pair of award spurs by Larry Abbott of Dickens, Texas.
by nrobertb
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:25 am
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When I started this thread back in December I never dreamed it would go this far. Many thanks to everyone who has participated. I feel that I've covered everything I wanted to say, so I am closing it down and I'll ride off into the sunset. As they say out west...adios!
by nrobertb
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:58 pm
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A pair of Crockett bronc spurs.
by nrobertb
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:04 pm
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The plains south of Carlsbad are underlain by gypsum rock, which is honeycombed with caves. They are called the Parks Ranch System and are on public land, so you can visit them. 4.3 miles of passage have been mapped, with multiple entrances. The photo is of a typical passage, perhaps similar to the ...
by nrobertb
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:32 pm
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Another type of trail in the old west was the cattle drive, as ranchers in Texas moved their herds north to markets in Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado. One of the best known was pioneered by Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving, the westernmost trail shown on the map. In 1867 Loving and a companion w...
by nrobertb
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:35 pm
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Here is another pair of spurs with the Texas lone star in profusion.
by nrobertb
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:31 pm
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The last great landmark in New Mexico was Wagon Mound, where the Cimarron Cutoff joined the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail. From here travelers could head either to Fort Union or Santa Fe. It is now a National Historic Landmark.
by nrobertb
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:00 am
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Here's a pair of North & Judd bronc riding spurs. The rowels can be changed.
by nrobertb
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:02 am
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Here is a diagram of a leverage type bit. The slobber chains are intended to transfer pressure from the reins more easily. Sometimes they are on one set of rings or the other, or both.

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