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Re: Spurs and the Great West

#916 Post by nrobertb » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:19 pm

A pair of drop shank spurs with heel chains.
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#917 Post by nrobertb » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:32 am

Here's an old timer once owned by the York Safe and Lock Co. The manufacturer's name looks like Hazleton.
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#918 Post by nrobertb » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:45 pm

A rodeo queen is a female representative and "face" of the sport of rodeo. She represents her rodeo, association, or region for a standard time of usually 12 months and is usually required to wear a cowboy hat, crown, and sash with her title on it. Being a rodeo queen requires skills in western style horse riding, public speaking, rodeo knowledge, appearance, and personality. Rodeo Queens spend their time professionally representing their title at various rodeos, parades, public events, television interviews, radio interviews, school events, and charity events.

There are four nationwide pageants in the United States, Miss Rodeo America, Miss Rodeo USA, the National Little Britches Rodeo Association Royalty, and the National High School Rodeo Association Queen Contest. In addition most states have their own pageants. There are a number of qualifying pageants, local pageants, and contests for specific rodeo events. Australia also hosts rodeo queens, and Canada has numerous pageants as well as a national title. Rodeo associations can also hold queen pageants and crown rodeo queens such as Miss Rodeo New York and Miss Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Queen.

Most pageants require contestants to be single, childless, unmarried, under a certain age, and female. The most common major categories are appearance, horsemanship, knowledge, and personality, with a number of subcategories. The winner is usually chosen from a field of multiple contestants and judged by a panel of qualified judges in each event. The young lady with the most points will win the title.
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#919 Post by nrobertb » Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:17 am

Here''s an old timer by Herring-Hall-Marvin of Hamuilton, Ohio.
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#920 Post by nrobertb » Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:12 pm

Pole bending is a timed event that features a horse and one mounted rider, running a weaving or serpentine path around six poles arranged in a line. This event is usually seen in high school rodeos and 4-H events as well as American Quarter Horse Association, Paint, and Appaloosa sanctioned shows as well as at many gymkhana or O-Mok-See events.

Good horsemanship is the foundation for success in pole bending and barrel racing. The horse and rider team must work as one in order to excel. Various methods are implemented in pole bending from the “slalom” approach to the “side pass” approach. Depending on the horse/ rider combination, the rider needs to experiment to see what method works best for their application.

Each contestant will begin from a running start, and time shall begin and end as the horse’s nose crosses the line. A clearly visible starting line must be provided. An electric timer or at least two watches shall be used, with the time indicated by the electric timer or the average time of the watches used by official timers to be the official time.

When riding a horse through the poles, the rider must first look to where they want to go. It is essential that the rider sits in the saddle and uses lower body and legs to navigate their horse through the poles. Forward motion must be maintained in order to keep all of the poles standing. The use of the horse’s hindquarters helps the horse zigzag through the poles in a smooth weave.

Anytime all of the poles are left standing is considered a good run, however; some of the fastest pole bending runs recorded have been those run at the National High School Finals Rodeo. The fastest time recorded in the pole bending event at the NHSRF was in 2009 when Emily Miller from Ingalls, Kansas recorded a 19.579 run.
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#921 Post by nrobertb » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:21 pm

The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 165-mile long-distance hiking trail that forms a loop around the Lake Tahoe Basin in the Sierra Nevada and Carson ranges of California and Nevada in the United States. The trail ranges in elevation from 6,240 feet at the outlet of Lake Tahoe to 10,338 feet at Relay Peak in Nevada. About 50 miles (80 km) of trail above the lake's west shore are also part of the much longer Pacific Crest Trail. Additionally, 96 Miles of the trail along the east and south sides of the Lake Tahoe basin are designated as a National Recreation Trail.

The trail currently exists mostly on land managed by the LTBMU and Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park, with shorter segments in the Tahoe National Forest and the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

The main hiking season is usually from July through September, though lingering snow patches may sometimes be found into August of high snow years. The trail is open year-round, but is not marked for winter use. The climate is typical of the Sierra Nevada, with severe storms during the winter and almost no precipitation falling in the summer.

Mountain bikes are permitted on roughly half the trail, and the entire trail is open to equestrians, other than a short segment in the north, and skiers. Motorized recreation is prohibited along its entire length. Hikers must obtain permits before entering the very popular Desolation Wilderness area southwest of the lake. The trail also passes through the Mount Rose Wilderness and the Granite Chief Wilderness. A section of the trail also passes through or near the Freel Roadless Area.
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#922 Post by nrobertb » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:09 pm

Thousand Springs State Park is a public recreation and nature preservation area consisting of multiple units — Billingsley Creek, Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve, Malad Gorge, Niagara Springs, and Ritter Island — in Gooding County, Idaho.

The state park was created in 2005, when four existing state parks in the Hagerman Valley were merged into a single entity, with an additional unit subsequently added to the complex.

Billingsley Creek - This former ranch was purchased by the state in 2001. One feature is the homesite of western author Vardis Fisher. Billingsley Creek Unit totals 286 acres.

Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve - This 350-acre box canyon has 250-foot-high walls. At its head is the eleventh-largest spring in North America, gushing 180,000 US gallons per minute. There is a 20-foot waterfall. The 350-acre property was developed by the Nature Conservancy which purchased the site in 1999, then completed its transfer to the state in 2016.

Malad Gorge is a 250-foot-deep canyon formed by the Malad River, downstream from a 60-foot waterfall. This 652-acre day-use unit is off Interstate 84 and offers hiking and picnicking. A section of the Oregon Trail is visible. Rock pigeons, red-tailed hawks and golden eagles nest in the canyon. Yellow-bellied marmots are found on the canyon floor.

Niagara Springs = Proclaimed a National Natural Landmark, this area borders the Snake River and features sheer basalt cliffs 350 feet high. There are 179 acres in two parcels, acquired in 1971 and 1976.

Ritter Island - This unit lies along the Snake River between two large springs.
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#923 Post by nrobertb » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:15 am

Here's an old tine saddle with an unusually tall fork and horn.
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#924 Post by nrobertb » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:01 pm

Here's a nice Damascus folding knife.
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#925 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:23 am

A chuckwagon is a type of "field kitchen" covered wagon historically used for the storage and transportation of perishable food and cooking equipment on the prairies of the United States and Canada. Such wagons formed part of a wagon train of settlers or fed traveling workers such as cowboys or loggers.

In modern times, chuckwagons feature in certain cooking competitions and events. Chuckwagons are also used in a type of horse racing known as chuckwagon racing.

While some form of mobile kitchens had existed for generations, the invention of the chuckwagon is attributed to Charles Goodnight, a Texas rancher, the "father of the Texas Panhandle," who introduced the concept in 1866. After the American Civil War, the beef market in Texas expanded. Some cattlemen herded cattle in parts of the country that did not have railroads which would mean they needed to be fed on the road for months at a time. Goodnight modified the Studebaker wagon, a durable army-surplus wagon, to suit the needs of cowboys driving cattle from Texas to sell in New Mexico. He added a "chuck box" to the back of the wagon with drawers and shelves for storage space and a hinged lid to provide a flat cooking surface. A water barrel was also attached to the wagon and canvas was hung underneath to carry firewood. A wagon box was used to store cooking supplies and cowboys' personal items.

Chuckwagon food typically included easy-to-preserve items like beans and salted meats, coffee, and sourdough biscuits. Food would also be gathered en route. There was no fresh fruit, vegetables, or eggs available and meat was not fresh unless an animal was injured during the run and therefore had to be killed. The meat they ate was greasy cloth-wrapped bacon, salt pork, and beef, usually dried, salted or smoked. The wagon was also stocked with a water barrel and a sling to kindle wood to heat and cook food. On cattle drives, it was common for the "cookie" who ran the wagon to be second in authority only to the "trailboss." The cookie would often act as cook, barber, dentist, and banker.

The term "chuck wagon" comes from "chuck", a slang term for food, and not from the nickname for "Charles".
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#926 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:38 pm

A great store for Indian art is Garlands in Oak Creek Canyon.
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#927 Post by nrobertb » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:44 am

This old J.S. Collins roping saddle is the square skirt, half seat style, somewhat the worse for wear.
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#928 Post by nrobertb » Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:58 pm

Great western character actors: John Pickard was born on June 25, 1913 in Lascassas, Tennessee, USA. He was an actor, known for True Grit (1969), The Time Tunnel (1966) and The Twilight Zone (1959). He died on August 4, 1993 in Rutherford County, Tennessee.

Has played characters on both ends of a whip. In Hellgate (1952), he's seen as an inmate in a frontier prison who receives 17 lashes for lying to a guard. In Badlands of Montana (1957), he plays a corrupt frontier mayor who delivers 10 lashes to the back of an opponent played by Rex Reason,

He was almost cast as Marshal Dillon when Gunsmoke (1955) was under development for television in 1955. Charles Marquis Warren (who produced the first year of the show) said his tests were going very well until he "...floundered in a love scene with Kitty. I don't think he ever knew how close he came to immortality!"
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#929 Post by nrobertb » Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:41 am

SOME OLD SAFES HAD CYLINDRICAL DOORS THAT LOCKED BY TURNING.
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Re: Spurs and the Great West

#930 Post by nrobertb » Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:59 am

Some safes had a cylindrical door that turned to lock.
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