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Late Nineteenth Century Texas Ranching Photographs

Late Nineteenth Century Texas Ranching Photographs

Late Nineteenth Century Texas Ranching Photographs 150 150 ctx

Late Nineteenth Century Texas Ranching Photographs, 1894-1903
Size: 4 inches
Location: 3D1
Collection: MS019
Accession #: 1995.039

Historical Sketch

The ranching landscape of the late nineteenth century was dominated by the transition into fenced territory. Open range livestock operations were ended by a combination of legal changes, population increases, and the controlling presence of the railroad. Life was not easy, but ranchers persevered with the help of cowboy workers.

This collection contains 207 images of ranch life in the late nineteenth century. There are photographs of branding, cattle grazing, cattle sales, cowboys on horseback, broad shots of the VVN Ranch, family gatherings, prairie architecture, and every day activities. It is arranged alphabetically by subject of the image.


Note to Researcher
All the photographs in this collection are available in our Image Database.

Castro County, Texas
Tulia School
VVN Ranch
XIT Ranch

This collection was donated to the Museum in 1995 by William N. Pirtle. The photographs belonged to his father in law Roy Oden. Oden’s uncle is among the people featured in the photographs, and was a fence contractor for the XIT Ranch as it was being fenced in.

There are no restrictions on this collection. It is available for research.

Late Nineteenth Century Ranching Photographs, MS019, Box # Folder #, Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Box Folder Folder Title / Description
1 1-2 Branding, undated
3 Castro County officers, c.1900
4 Connor boys and horses, undated
5 Copy negatives, undated
6-7 Cowboy on horseback, undated
8 Cowboy reunion, Plainview, Texas, 1895
9-10 Cows in a pen, undated
11 Cows walking across a field, undated
12 Crowd in stands for a baseball game, undated
13 Dugout used as a store, Bovina, Texas, 1898
14 Horseshoeing, undated
15 House and tree, undated
16 Man holding a calf, undated
17 Man’s first time on a horse, undated
18 Men in front of a building, undated
19 Photo album of ranch life, undated
20 Students and teachers in front of Tulia School, undated
21 Taming a horse, undated
VVN Ranch
22 Branding, 1898
23 Cowboys on horseback with a chuck wagon, undated
24 Cows at a watering hole, undated
25 Herding cattle, undated
26 Roundup, undated
27 Shipping cattle, 1903
28 Wide shot of ranch, 1898
29 Wide shot of ranch, undated
30 Wide shot of farm land and house, undated
31 Woman and girl, undated
XIT Ranch
32 Branding at Springlake Headquarters, 1894
33 Wide shot of the ranch, 1894
Adventure District
Adventure Road
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