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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.
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...

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