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See some past weeks' photos below.

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We welcome your pictures. We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We're looking for vintage photos and contemporary photos: family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

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If you enjoy this feature, you may also be interested in our 
Western Memories Project, the personal recollections— many with photos— contributed by BAR-D visitors.  Your stories and photos are welcome.

November 3, 2008

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Few poems fit the season better than this one by James Barton Adams:

Bill's in Trouble

I've got a letter, parson, from my son away out West,
An' my ol' heart is heavy as an anvil in my breast,
To think the boy whose future I had once so proudly planned
Should wander from the path of right an' come to such an end!
I told him when he left his home, not three short years ago,
He'd find himself a plowin' in a mighty crooked row—
He'd miss his father's counsel, an' his mother's prayers, too;
But he said the farm was hateful, an' he guessed he'd have to go.

I know thar's big temptation for a youngster in the West,
But I believed our Billy had the courage to resist,
An' when he left I warned him o' the ever waitin' snares
That lie like hidden sarpints in life's pathway everywheres.
But Bill he promised faithful to be keerful, an' allowed
He'd build a reputation that'd make us mighty proud;
But it seems as how my counsel sort o' faded from his mind,
An' now the boy's in trouble o' the very wustest kind!

His letters came so seldom that I somehow sort o' knowed
That Billy was a trampling on a mighty rocky road,
But never once imagined he would bow my head in shame,
An' in the dust'd waller his ol' daddy's honored name.
He writes from out in Denver, an' the story's mighty short;
I just can't tell his mother, it'll crush her poor ol' heart!
An' so I reckoned, parson, you might break the news to her—
Bill's in the legislatur', but he doesn't say what fur.

by James Barton Adams (1843-1918), from Breezy Western Verse, 1899

"Bill's in Trouble" is included in James Barton Adams' (1843-1918), Breezy Western Verse, published in 1899. Adams, as told in a 1968 publication of the Socorro County (New Mexico) Historical Society, "...lived and worked in the rugged San Andres mountains of central New Mexico on a ranch owned by Captain Jack Crawford, famous Indian Scout and Poet...Many of his poems were probably drawn from his life and experiences during this period in New Mexico. Adams wrote the foreword to Capt. Jack's book Whar the Hand O' God is Seen, published in 1913." Adams became a newspaper columnist, and wrote poems still recited (and put to music) today.

Recently, Scott E. Lusby shared photos of James Barton Adams, his great great grandfather. This one shows James Barton Adams (on the left) and Captain Jack Crawford (on the right) fishing on a small Colorado stream at the turn of the century:


Scott E. Lusby describes this photo, "of Captain Jack Crawford and James Barton Adams at Fort Craig. New Mexico in the early 1890's. For whatever reason the background was painted out or otherwise obscured in places, I believe it was a part of a larger photograph. "Jack Crawford, The Poet Scout, Fort N.M and Home" appear in what I believe is Captain Jack's hand on the back but obviously cut off from a larger piece.

And he comments that the photo below  "is actually cropped; in the original that I own he is seated."


Scott E. Lusby is working on finishing a book about James Barton Adams that his mother had nearly completed before her death.

Some other still-popular poems by James Barton Adams include A Cowboy Toast, The Cowboy's Dance Song (The High-Toned Dance), and A Song of the Range. Read more about James Barton Adams here.

("Bill's in Trouble" is recited by Nevada poet and writer Hal Swift on The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Three.)

Find more about Captain Jack Crawford, with poetry, some photos, and links here.


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

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We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


October  27, 2008

Poet and writer Linda Kirkpatrick shares a story and photos about raising goats in Texas:


Kirkpatrick Family and Angora Goats


Angora goat and kid 

The Angora goat came to Texas in the early 1900s and my grandfather, L. B. Kirkpatrick, bought into the idea that the climate and terrain in the Hill Country of Texas would be a suitable place to raise this type of animal. The Angora goat is known for the fine fiber that it produces. At one time there were more Angora goats in Real County than anywhere else. That statement cannot be made today and it saddens me greatly. There is no market for the hair and most of the ranchers have sold their pure stock of Angoras or crossed them with a meat-type goat.

Uncle Vernon & Aunt Audrey Kirkpatrick about 1918

My grandfather bought some of the first goats brought into Texas and they were a part of our ranching stock for almost 100 years. At one point we ran about 2000+ head of commercial Angora goats.

We rounded up and sheared the goats in the spring and fall. Most of the goats that we ran were muttons because they grew bigger and were heartier than the does. We always did have a few does, usually about 150 to 200 head that we kept for producing and replacement. I always enjoyed the kids. It seemed like every spring we always had a few that we had to bottle for one reason or the other.

Uncle Vernon with two young Angora goats

Uncle Vernon with Angoras ready for show, these goats would probably shear about 15 to 20 pounds of mohair. Photo probably taken in the spring of 1929.

Kids and Kids
Jane Greer and Linda Kirkpatrick in her yellow boots!


Linda’s daughter Amanda with her Registered Doe and Buck 

Linda riding her pet goat

Linda’s son Douglas riding his pet goat 

Amanda riding her pet goat  

Linda’s grandfather, L. B. Kirkpatrick playing with a pen full of baby goats

Douglas and his Border Collie, Fritzie playing with a baby goat 

Linda with her Champion Registered doe in 1966 

Douglas with his Reserve Champion Registered doe 

Amanda with her Champion Registered Doe…this doe was never beaten in 6 years 

Amanda and her best goat 

Cover of The Ranch Magazine, August, 1980 

Just a few years ago I realized that keeping the goats around just made no sense at all. Little by little I sold them to 4-H kids and eventually they were all gone. I still miss them but like I said there is no market and the cost of getting them sheared twice a year is just out of sight. Then it got to the point that shearers did not want to come to shear and I had to haul them which meant loading them and making the 20 mile drive to the shearer’s house.

But just for grins there is still a sack of mohair in the barn and I may just keep it forever. 

(This story is also posted in our Western Memories section.)


Linda Kirkpatrick has shared other interesting Picture the West photos:

  Vintage dolls from a ranch girl's life

   Photos and a story about the wild hogs of Frio Canyon in Texas Hill Country

  Sheep and goat ranching photos from the 1950s and later

    1930s photos from her Texas hometown's history

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Photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.

Read more about Linda Kirkpatrick and some of her poetry here.











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