This buckaroo is all business. The loop of her lasso curves through the air, and that calf is sure to be branded (or marked) before returning to the herd. The scene is the Stewart’s 96 ranch in Paradise Valley, NV. Paradise Valley is in the remote north of Nevada, far from the lights of Las Vegas, and, make no mistake, the 96 is a working cattle ranch.
For 20 years from 1945 to 1965, Leslie Stewart (owner of the Ninety-Six Ranch) allowed ethnographers to photograph and document the workings of the ranch. This study, known as the Paradise Valley and Folklife Project, now resides in the Library of Congress, and much of the work is available on-line in the digital collection: Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada.
When you can’t get out to take your own pictures, it’s nice to have the internet and the Library of Congress. Follow the link to see the full photo of the Buckaroo.
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