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Re: Spurs and the Great West

#871 Post by nrobertb » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:14 pm

Great western character actors:

Born in Oklahoma, Ben Johnson was a ranch hand and rodeo performer when, in 1940, Howard Hughes hired him to take a load of horses to California. He decided to stick around (the pay was good), and for some years was a stunt man, horse wrangler, and double for such stars as John Wayne, Gary Cooper and James Stewart. His break came when John Ford noticed him and gave him a part in an upcoming film, and eventually a star part in Wagon Master (1950). He left Hollywood in 1953 to return to rodeo, where he won a world roping championship, but at the end of the year he had barely cleared expenses. The movies paid better, and were less risky, so he returned to the west coast and a career that saw him in over 300 movies.
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#872 Post by nrobertb » Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:38 am

A pair of spurs by Oscar Crockett.
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#873 Post by nrobertb » Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:49 pm

Temperance River State Park State Park in Minnesota, located between the communities of Schroeder and Tofte on Highway 61 on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It has campsites, picnic areas, and hiking trails on both sides of the Temperance River.

The Temperance River area was first permanently inhabited by Europeans in the 1830s. Settlers had to decide what to name various geographical features. When the geographical surveyors came through the area in 1864, they noticed that one particular river ran into water which was so deep that no sand bar formed at the mouth. Because there was no "bar" that river was named "Temperance."

In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps built several overlooks at certain places along the riverside. In 1957, the state organized 539 acres of land into Temperance River State Park. Temperance River has two campgrounds, one on each side of the river. Both campgrounds are closer to Lake Superior than most state park campgrounds near the lake. Besides the "bar-less" mouth of the river, Temperance River has three waterfalls which can be reached by footpath. The park is also one of four Minnesota state parks to allow rock climbing, along with nearby Tettegouche State Park.

The Superior Hiking Trail passes through the park, following the river gorge before climbing to the top of Carlton Peak, nearly 1,000 feet above Lake Superior.
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#874 Post by nrobertb » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:34 am

Here are a couple of silver, turquoise and red coral belt buckles.
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#875 Post by nrobertb » Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:51 pm

Smith Falls, at 63 feet, is the highest waterfall in the state of Nebraska and the centerpiece of Smith Falls State Park. The state park and falls are located 12 miles east-north east of Valentine and 3 miles south west of Sparks, on the south side of the Niobrara River. Access to the falls is via a footbridge across the river from the north side of the park.

First known as Arikaree Falls, the waterfall bears the name of Orrin B. Smith, a pioneer in the Seven Creeks area (1885 State Census). His step-son, Frederick Smith will later file for a homestead claim 5 Sept. 1889 on the south side of the river in Section 30. The site was subsequently owned by Fred Krzyzanowski, who purchased it in 1941, adding a picnic area and campground to capitalize on its popularity among tourists. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission established the 250-acre Smith Falls State Park through a lease agreement with Krzyzanowski family in 1992. A new 25-year lease was signed in 2018.

In 1996, the historic Verdigre bridge was moved to the park and reconfigured as a footbridge spanning the Niobrara River. The bridge had been previously located at the mouth of Verdigre Creek, then had been moved to carry traffic on Highway 14 in the village of Verdigre, before being dismantled in 1991, then reassembled as a restored 160-foot-long iron truss span at the park in 1996.
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#876 Post by nrobertb » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:12 am

Great western character actors:
Frank DeKova parlayed a sinister scowl, piercing eyes and an all-around menacing attitude into a long career of playing cold-blooded trigger-men, rampaging Indian chiefs, brutal Mexican army officers and the like. So it would probably come as a shock to those who know his work to discover that, before he became an actor, he was--of all things--a schoolteacher.

Born in New York in 1910, DeKova gave up teaching for the stage, and played in many Shakespearean productions before getting work on Broadway. One of his first starring roles was in the classic detective play "Detective Story", which got him noticed and brought to Hollywood. He debuted in Viva Zapata! (1952) as the devious Mexican colonel who sets up Zapata's assassination. For the next several years he played an assortment of gangsters, killers, gunfighters and Indians--with time out to play a prehistoric patriarch in Roger Corman's campy Teenage Cave Man (1958)--and did much television work, including a standout job as a Mafia hit-man assigned to kill Elliot Ness in Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse: The Untouchables: Part 1 (1959). The role for which he will be most remembered, however, is probably the one that was his most atypical: the scheming, somewhat untrustworthy but very funny Hekawi Chief Wild Eagle, the partner to Forrest Tucker's Sgt. O'Rourke in O'Rourke's various schemes to make money, in the western comedy series F Troop (1965). He showed a previously unknown talent for comedy and managed to steal most of the scenes he was in from such veterans as Tucker and Larry Storch. He died in his sleep in 1981.
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#877 Post by nrobertb » Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:42 pm

Great western character actors:
Parfrey was born Sydney Woodrow Parfrey in New York City, New York, to Hazel (James) and Sidney Parfrey, both Welsh immigrants. One of the most interesting character actors to emerge on American film and television in the 1960s, Parfrey brought a quirky charisma to every role he played, from shopkeepers to space-age simians. His noted turn as the unbalanced informer in Broadway's "Advise and Consent" (1961) set the standard for his offbeat, conspiratorial persona in dozens of TV and movie appearances into the 1980s. Always a supporting player receiving inconsistently deferential billing, Parfrey did manage some focal TV guest-star roles, mainly in the late sixties, and a few big A-movie parts, most notably as one of the wretched prisoners in Papillon (1973). Parfrey's association with that film's director, Franklin Schaffner, also included his bit as one of the three "See No Evil" orangutan judges in Planet of the Apes (1968) .

In addition, Parfrey also turned up in the unofficial repertory companies of both Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel. Most will remember him as the carpetbagger in The Outlaw Josey Wales.
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#878 Post by nrobertb » Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:07 pm

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#879 Post by nrobertb » Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:00 pm

The Mt. Moriah Wilderness is a 89,790-acre wilderness area in the northern part of the Snake Range of White Pine County, in the eastern section of the state of Nevada.

The Mt. Moriah Wilderness was designated in 1989 and is administered by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, as some 8,700 acres in the northern portion of the Wilderness lies on BLM land.

Mount Moriah, the namesake of the Wilderness, rises 12,050 feet above the Snake Valley on its east flank and the Spring Valley on the west. At 11,000 feet and stretching north and west of the peak is a unique plateau called the Table. Much of the area is composed of limestone and shallow caves are common in the Wilderness.

Archaeological sites including caves utilized by Native Americans, pictographs, and lithic scatters are found in the Wilderness.
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#880 Post by nrobertb » Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:04 pm

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#881 Post by nrobertb » Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:13 pm

Llaos Hallway provides an outstanding adventure for the intrepid explorer. Llaos Hallway is located in Crater Lake National Park just off the west entrance road (Hwy 62) about 3.5 miles west of the Annie Creek entrance station. Whitehorse Creek has cut deeply thru loose volcanic deposits. A snow bridge often covers the canyon well into the summer. Hard hats are a good idea.
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#882 Post by nrobertb » Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:28 am

Here is a nice 1901 McCormick Deering farm wagon. It has not been restored but is in original condition. You don't see many this good.
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#883 Post by nrobertb » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:54 pm

This is a postal delivery buggy from the 1800s.
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#884 Post by nrobertb » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:17 am

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#885 Post by nrobertb » Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:13 pm

Winter can last for more than seven months at Crater Lake National Park Headquarters. A sign of the coming of spring appears when enough snow has melted to reveal a figure known as the Lady of the Woods. When the snow finally disappears, which is usually in June or July, visitors can take a short trail located behind the Steel Information Center to view the three foot high sculpture.

Chiseled from a boulder, this unfinished work of art blends almost perfectly into a subalpine forest of mountain hemlock. It will be 80 years old this October and shows a few signs of age. The most noticeable is pitting in the once smooth volcanic rock, but there are also some details that have begun to fade with time. In spite of its inevitable decay, the sculpture is still striking and should remain recognizable well into the next century.

Oddly enough, the Lady of the Woods was its creator’s first attempt at sculpture. At the time of its carving, Earl Russell Bush was a 31 year old medical doctor who attended to the road crews that built the first rim drive around Crater Lake.
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