Item description for Saddlestring: A History of the HF Bar Ranch by Tom Ringley...
Saddlestring: A History of the HF Bar Ranch is a major contribution to the annals of Western history. Rich in detail from historical source material including photos and artwork, this significant historical work chronicles the evolution of one of the oldest dude ranches in the West and presents an intriguing cast of characters involved with the ranch over a span of nine decades. This book is a must read for anyone interested in Western history.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.6" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Pronghorn Press
ISBN 1932636242 ISBN13 9781932636246
Availability 74 units. Availability accurate as of May 25, 2017 08:49.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Saddlestring: A History of the HF Bar Ranch?
Saddlestring Nov 4, 2006
Excellent history of the ranch, well written, Being from Wyoming I thoroughly enjoyed.
Interesting history! Jul 24, 2006
The HF Bar is a working dude ranch established in 1911 at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming--accessible via a gravel road (about 15 miles) off the Buffalo-Sheridan highway. The author started working there at age 15, in 1956, and his uncle, Dean Thomas, was the ranch foreman.
Tom Ringley takes you back to the early days, when you took a 40-mile ride on a buckboard (your bags were often tied on with barbed wire) or horseback to the ranch. You get a great sense of what city folk would do for a vacation in the early decades of the 20th century. A couple of days by train would bring you to Buffalo (or Sheridan) and another 8 hours on a buckboard got you to the HF Bar. There was no electricity in the early days, and only communal bathhouses. You fished, hunted, rode horseback, and often took 2-4 week pack trips. Later, when the owner, Frank ("Skipper") Horton installed an electric generator, he turned it off when HE went to bed, forcing the guests to do likewise! In many ways, things are still much the same--but there is a swimming pool, rural electric power, phones, etc.
The book is also about running a working ranch--worrying about cattle prices and the like. Frank Horton went on to become a state legislator, and the Wyoming congressman in Washington, and was a power in national Republican politics. Frank's grandson, Jack Jr, was an Assistant Secretary for the Interior Department.
As a personal note--as someone who stayed at the ranch during the summers for about 1953-57, this fine history, and the great collection of photographs, bring back a lot of fond memories: Dean and Barney will always be the prototypical cowboys for me, and Hank Horton (Frank's widow) was a special person indeed.